Cardiovascular diseases are at the top of the list of main causes of death in Brazil and in the vast majority of cases it is linked to high blood pressure. Although, high blood pressure has no cure, it is possible to control it through some precautions, such as changes in habits and use of some medications . Some of these precautions are the change in diet and that is why we are going to talk in this article about a diet for high blood pressure and its effectiveness. But before we report on food for hypertensive patients, let’s explain what high blood pressure is all about.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure or hypertension as it is known is a chronic disease, with no cure and which is characterized by elevated blood pressure . This increase in blood pressure causes the function of the heart to overload by interrupting the proper distribution of blood throughout the body. This increase can cause serious events such as a stroke, an aneurysm, a heart attack and even heart and kidney failure.
High Pressure Feed
Differentiated feeding is part of the treatment of high blood pressure and is indispensable for positive results. Some medical recommendations like avoiding the consumption of fried foods, processed foods , sausages and rich in sodium. Give preference to a healthier, natural diet with vegetables, fresh fruits, vegetables and fat-free meats.
Another essential care for hypertensive patients is to increase their water consumption, preferably between 2 and 2.5 liters per day, in addition to the practice of physical activities at least 3 times a week to obtain the expected results. Some foods on the recommended high blood pressure food menu not only help to control high blood pressure, but also reduce it when out of control. Let’s list a few that work to help lower high blood pressure.
Blood Pressure Lowering Foods
- Fresh fruits in general;
- Olive oil;
- Coconut Water;
- Cheese without salt;
- Beet juice;
- Whole grains.
Other foods such as: vegetables in general raw and cooked, light yoghurts and meats such as chicken, duckling, limp, rump, breast, lizard and turkey are indicated for the hypertensive menu, always remembering to remove the skin from chicken, turkey or in the preparation of any bird.
IMPORTANT: Reduce salt in food preparation and include aromatic herbs in addition to other spices to add flavor to the dishes.
What is not indicated to eat for hypertensive
It is not very difficult to find the foods that should be avoided by people with high blood pressure, as they are on the list of foods that should be avoided by all people who wish to have better health.
- Cold cuts like ham, cheese, bologna, salami;
- Cheeses such as provolone, Swiss and Parmesan;
- Embedded and canned;
- Preserved vegetables and greens;
- Sauces in general, such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, shoyo and salad dressings;
- Ready seasonings, including sachets and cubes;
- Processed meats, such as hamburger, bacon, sausage and dried meat;
These are some of the main foods that should be cut or at least avoided as much as possible in the hypertensive menu , but it extends to an infinite list of other unhealthy foods that potentiate hypertension and elevate high blood pressure due to its high sodium content in preparation.
Alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, artificial powder juices and soft drinks should also not be consumed. Olives, pickles, hearts of palm and asparagus, as well as canned foods such as sardines, anchovies and salted cod are also very harmful to health , especially for hypertensive people. These foods, in addition to being rich in sodium, have a high fat content that favors the accumulation of fatty plaques in the arteries, which hinders blood flow and causes an increase in blood pressure.
High Blood Pressure Complications
Care with high blood pressure must be taken seriously due to its serious risks and complications, most of which are irreversible in health. As blood circulates throughout the body, its altered flow can cause damage to several areas of the body. The main complications of high blood pressure are the risks of stroke, myocardial infarction, chronic kidney disease, changes in vision and sexual impotence .
All of them can cause irreversible damage and leave sequelae that compromise health and also quality of life. Therefore, the ideal is to do routine medical follow-up, follow good health habits and even change and leave old habits behind and make room for new care and new food , so that you can have a healthier life and no fright . A good diet, regular physical activity and maintaining a good sleep routine and away from stress, will provide you with a long life with much more health.
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Is Hypertension Cure?
When hypertension is diagnosed, unfortunately it is not possible to reverse it, there is no cure! But complications only occur when high blood pressure is completely out of control and does not receive proper treatment. Therefore, it is necessary to follow the appropriate treatment and all medical instructions for changes in habits and, if necessary, use of medications to control the pressure.
It is worth noting that even after controlling blood pressure, treatment and changes in habits must be followed forever. Otherwise, high blood pressure happens again and complications can get worse, often silently, which further impairs perception.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.