Apparently, the best course of action, and the hardest, is to exercise. Regular exercise can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and decrease resting heart rate. Exercise can lower blood pressure.
Another is a healthy diet. Keep salt intake low while increasing intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Potassium-rich foods are avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapefruit, nectarines, oranges, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green peas, potatoes, and squash. Foods rich in magnesium include nuts, rice, bananas, potatoes, wheat germ, kidney and lima beans, soy, and molasses.
I eat a bowl of oats every morning. Oats not only help keep the weight down, but also lower cholesterol and blood pressure. I cut slices of banana to put on top of the oat porridge to add interest. Banana is also extremely high in potassium while very low in sodium, so is ideal for cutting risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Daily Oats Improve High Blood Pressure.
I am taking raw garlic with my evening meal. It seems garlic can lower blood pressure by 5 to 10%. As mentioned in my previous post, garlic can lower cholesterol 15% which is a plus factor (Using food to control cholesterol). Garlic can also thin blood.
A previous post also mentioned kefir, which I take occasionally. Another weapon in the arsenal against high blood.
I am also eating tempeh (fermented soy bean). Tempeh contains isoflavones which can also help reduce blood pressure.
And cut or reduce smoking, which is not a problem as I don't smoke.
And my report card - the last test I had done showed that my diastolic blood pressure was reduced from 90 to 85, which is a good sign. I will have to take the test again soon.
LATEST UPDATE Monday, November 7, 2005
Blood pressure: 120 over 80
Blood sugar: 4.6 mmol/L
Looks like it is working.
UPDATE Wednesday, 16 August, 2006
Blood Pressure: 120 over 80. Normal
For elevated blood pressure linked to mental stress, it may be a good idea to take 2 stalks of celery everyday. Acording to William J. Elliott, a pharmacologist at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine, celery contains 3-n-butylphthalide which he speculate lowers blood pressure by reducing blood concentration of stress hormones that cause blood vessels to constrict.
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