Are you a victim of high blood pressure?

Whenever you go to the doctor’s office, it’s always the same old routine. They perform the run-of-the-mill procedures including weight and blood pressure. And if either of those is high, you can be sure your doctor will probably have a lecture ready about how you can lower those numbers, especially high blood pressure. Carrying around high blood pressure is not healthy, and if yours is high then it’s time to take healthy steps to lower it.

The question for many people is the same. How? Where do I even begin? Lowering your blood pressure really is an easier task than you’d think. Many of the ways that you would use to lose weight can also be used to lower your blood pressure. Medication isn’t always required, unless your doctor states otherwise. There are many natural ways of lowering your blood pressure, such as eating a heart-healthy diet and taking up some form of exercise, like walking.

Foods have so many amazing qualities that are just marvelous for a broad range of things inside our bodies. Some vitamins and minerals nurture your bones and make them stay strong as we age. Others are good for our skin and eyes. Several nutrients are good for a broad range of things in our bodies. Some foods, however, are just good for our physical well-being and maintaining the correct vitals. These foods benefit your blood pressure as well as other bodily functions and parts.

  • Drink your milk; however, choose 1% or skim milk to avoid a higher fat content. The higher percentages and whole milk do not have the same effect on the body as the 1% and skim milk do.
  • Have a banana! A key nutrient in lowering your blood pressure is potassium. Bananas are an excellent source of this nutrient that is at many times often left out in people’s day to day diets.
  • Eating spinach kept Popeye strong to the finish. While you might not get his super-sized muscles, your doctor will be impressed with your lower blood pressure reading. Careful you don’t eat too much, as over-indulgence is linked to kidney stones.
  • Yum, yogurt! If you have high blood pressure, it could be due to a lack of calcium. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, among other dairy products. Yogurt, however, is one of the best options.
  • Dark chocolate lovers rejoice! Enjoy a small portion of dark chocolate to avoid overconsumption and weight gain.

There are many foods that can help you on your journey to lowering your blood pressure. Incorporating these foods into your regular diet is easy. Whip up a yogurt, banana, and spinach smoothie. Add some dark chocolate chips and a sliced up banana to your otherwise plain, instant oatmeal for breakfast. And if you already enjoy the foods listed above, now you have an even better reason to love them.