Do you suffer from high blood pressure? If you do it could be your diet rather than the stressful world around you. Why not try to cut these ten foods out of your diet and see if your blood pressure comes down a bit (WARNING: High blood pressure is a condition with serious consequences. Consult your doctor before making radical changes in your diet)…
Deli Meats and Cured Meats
Info Source: Another food full of sodium is deli meat. Lunch meats are often preserved, cured or seasoned with salt, making them high in sodium. Cured meats like bacon are off-limits too
It is known that the sodium substance in salt is associated with heart diseases, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. In addition, recent studies have revealed that high salt consumption causes oesophagal, stomach and bladder cancers.
Info Source: Caffeine can temporarily elevate blood pressure, causing very high blood pressure readings. People trying to limit their caffeine consumption may choose to drink less regular coffee or replace it with decaffeinated coffee. People with a history of dangerously high blood pressure may need to contact a doctor to discuss decreasing or eliminating their caffeine intake.
For people who do not regularly consume caffeine, caffeine consumption can temporarily but sharply raise blood pressure. As we already know caffeine increases blood pressure by stimulating the adrenal glands that secrete cortisol and adrenaline. But caffeine free coffee contains far worse things, so try and stay clear of it.
Info Source: They’re fast and convenient. But they’re also loaded with sodium, so it’s best to avoid them. If you need something quick every once in a while, look for options with 600 milligrams of sodium or less.
High sugar consumption causes excessive weight gain and causes high blood pressure. Instead of sweets made with refined sugar, you can choose fruits with natural sweetness.
Some research shows that high alcohol consumption raises blood pressure to unhealthy levels. It should also be noted that high-calorie alcohol can cause unwanted weight gain, which is considered a risk factor for high blood pressure.
Info Source: It’s delicious on a cold day, but it’s often high in sodium. One cup (8 ounces) of tomato soup can have anywhere from 700 to 1,260 milligrams. Buy low-sodium versions of your favourites instead. Or make your own and flavour it with herbs and spices.
Info Source: It doesn’t taste salty, but it’s got plenty of it. One slice of white bread has between 80 and 230 milligrams. The next time you make a sandwich, reach for whole-grain bread, an English muffin, or a tortilla to cut back on sodium. You can also eat your sandwich “open-faced” with just one slice.
Info Source: When replacing table salt, do not fall into the trap of substituting certain condiments instead. Things like ketchup, soy sauce, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, and steak sauce all have a lot of sodium in them. Other places salt can be hidden are in pasta sauce and gravy. Familiarize yourself with different herbs and spices to add flavour to foods instead.