Choosing the right high blood pressure medicine
Most licensed dieticians, educated doctors, and concerned government agencies are recommending the use of DASH, a high blood pressure diet designed specifically for people who have or who are at risk of hypertension. This diet combines good nutritional habits with foods that are specifically chosen to help you get your blood pressure lowered and keep it down before starting you on high blood pressure pills.
DASH focuses on a low-fat, low sodium balanced diet that has elevated servings of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These three minerals have been shown especially effective at lowering blood pressure. DASH recommends, as a good diet for high blood pressure:
7-8 servings of grains
4-5 servings of vegetables, the fresher the better
4-5 servings of fruit, also fresh if possible
2-3 servings of fat-free or lowfat dairy foods
2 or fewer daily servings of meat, poultry, and/or fish. Eat more poultry and fish than red meat.
2-3 servings of fats and oils
5 servings PER WEEK of sweets
4-5 servings PER WEEK of nuts, seeds, and dry beans
In this list of food for high blood pressure, whole grains are better than processed grains, and all processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. High blood pressure diets should not include many frozen or canned foods because in both cases, large amounts of sodium are added in the processing stages. This high blood pressure diet also works well with the diabetic diet, requiring only a few small changes and a set schedule.
One way to supplement your high blood pressure diet is to switch out your regular table salt for an unrefined sea salt. Sea salts typically contain magnesium, calcium, and potassium, while having less sodium; they also season better with less, and often have a better flavor. If you do this, be certain you’re eating plenty of seafood in your hypertension diet; sea salt does not have iodine supplements, like regular salt, and seafood and especially shellfish can give you the trace amount of iodine you need.
In your high blood pressure diet, you may consider taking high blood pressure herbs. Be careful about these. Garlic and flax seed have been shown to lower your blood pressure when taken properly, as have supplements such as CoQ-10 and fish oil. But you may be tempted to take some other herbs to accelerate your weight loss, another critical part of your blood pressure reduction plan. Never take the following herbs while you’re diagnosed with high or borderline blood pressure: ephedra, ginseng, licorice, feverfew. While these supplements are often used in weight loss programs, they will increase your metabolism and raise your blood pressure.
A diet for high blood pressure should be the first step you take to lower your blood pressure problems. Eating properly and exercising properly are both ways to drop your blood pressure fairly quickly. While high blood pressure remedies can lower your blood pressure, only putting the proper stuff into your body will lower it for good. Maintain this low blood pressure diet even after you’ve got your blood pressure under control, and you’ll be on your way to a truly healthy life, with your system out of the high blood pressure charts.