High blood pressure, also known as hypertension is one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which account for one in every three deaths in the United States.
High blood pressure treatment is usually done through medication and regular follow-ups with the doctor, which can span years. It is important to know though that high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases can be easily avoided if one maintains a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
For instance, recent studies, such as that published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 63), have revealed that a Mediterranean style diet rich in fruits, vegetables and olive oil, can reduce the risk of hypertension. This research is the first to provide evidence that directly relates fruits and vegetables and the Mediterranean diet, as a whole, to hypertension.
According to the findings, adhering to the Mediterranean type of diet can contribute significantly in preventing age-related changes in blood pressure levels.
List of Low Sodium Foods
First, fruits and vegetables have low sodium content. As you know, high sodium content is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. They are also rich in potassium, which is a mineral important for maintaining proper heart function.
Fruits and vegetables are also rich in the minerals calcium and magnesium, which are both extremely important for maintaining normal blood pressure levels and regulation of heart muscle function.
Healthy eating habits, combined with a healthy lifestyle free of smoking, stress and high amounts of alcohol, can all help lower blood pressure in the most natural way possible.
As health expert Dr. Sinatra puts it in his book entitled Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks: A Revolutionary Program for a Longer, Healthier Life: “treating your high blood pressure is not just about taking pharmaceuticals. In reality, it’s a total lifestyle change and commitment.”