Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lower your blood pressure with food.

Did you know 65 million people have hypertension?  Here's what you can do to help prevent high blood pressure and a heart attack.
Butternut squash helps to flush out salt.  One cup contains 1,000 mg of potassium which helps to flush out almost 1 teaspoon of salt and lowers your blood pressure.  Other foods that contain potassium are:  spinach, dried fruit, refried beans and tomato sauce.
Sesame oil reduces the need for medicine by consuming 1oz of the oil daily.  After two months it can drop  your blood pressure by 32 points.  Sesame oil helps to relax blood pressure walls.  Drizzle some on your salad, cooked vegetables, noodles or your butternut squash!
High fiber diets help to diminish sugar spikes.  77% of people who ate a high fiber diet controlled their blood pressure as soon as one month.  Sugar is a proven high blood pressure trigger.  Eat a generous cup of lentils, baked beans, two cups of raspberries or a large artichoke.
Yogurt can lower your pressure by 25%.  The bacteria in yogurt acts like pressure lowering ACE inhibitor with no side effects.  Be sure to choose a brand that says, "contains live bacterial cultures."
Sipping 4 oz. of beet juice will lower your blood pressure 10 points for 24 hours.  Beet juice contains nitrate, a natural plant compound that's converted into artery-relaxing nitric oxide in the digestive tract.  Find the juice in health food stores or click the link on this post.  Feel free to mix a little pineapple, grape or apple juice with it.

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