BP: The silent killer

Certain foods play a role in lowering and increasing BP. Learn about this. 

We often do not take BP or blood pressure seriously. But it can lead to many conditions, including stroke. If it continues for a long time, it can eventually lead to a life-threatening condition such as heart disease or heart attack. Therefore, it is very important that you regularly monitor and control BP to avoid future heart problems.

There are many reasons for BP, such as stress in our daily lives, certain foods, and lack of exercise. Foods are important for BP. People with BP should avoid certain foods and eat certain ones. Learn about this. 

Chat masala and other similar spices are often high in salt. Excess sodium in salt can affect the kidneys and cause water retention in the body. This excess stored water raises BP and puts pressure on the kidneys, blood vessels, heart and brain. Pork, mutton and beef are the red meat we usually eat. It raises cholesterol and is bad for BP.

We all love pickles in many flavors. Whatever the type of pickle, be it mango, lemon or gooseberry, it can be served with chappathi or rice. There is no doubt that most of us like the extra taste these give to our food. However, pickles made at home may contain high levels of salt. Salt is the main preservative needed to ensure that pickles are edible for longer. So many experts advise you to avoid pickles if you are a 

patient suffering from high blood pressure or have kidney related problems.

Nuts like almonds and walnuts are a good snack for patients with high BP. Eliminate other nuts from your diet and eat in moderation, including almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. But avoid salting these.

High BP can be reduced by consuming dried roasted flax seed or powdered flax seed weekly. The best way to do this is to add a teaspoon of flax seed to your fruit bowl or add a tablespoon of powdered flax seed to a bowl of yogurt. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and some vitamins and minerals, which help in lowering BP and reducing inflammation in the body with the help of omega-3 fatty acids.

There is nothing better than vegetables for your health. Carotenoids act as antioxidants and help your body to reduce BP. Spinach, Amaranth, Mexican mint and Coriander are good sources of Iron. Its antioxidants and nitrates are ideal for people with high BP. The important thing to remember is that green leafy vegetables should be eaten in cooked form as the raw form contains extra sodium and oxalate.