High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to a host of problems, including heart failure and stroke. About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure and, as high blood pressure doesn’t give you any symptoms, it is important that you get your blood pressure checked regularly.
You may be on medication for high blood pressure, and you should continue to work with your health provider to monitor your pressure, but there are dietary and lifestyle changes you can make that will improve (or negatively impact) your blood pressure.
This article, on Healthy Holistic Living, provides some dietary guidelines, as well as some supplements to consider. As always – it does promote the value of exercise!! It also includes information about the correlation with stress!
The bad news…
Fructose Can Cause Your Blood Pressure to Skyrocket
The first thing you need to do is remove all grains and sugars from your diet, particularly fructose, until both your weight and your blood pressure have normalized. Eating sugars and grains — including any type of bread, pasta, corn, potatoes, or rice — will cause your insulin levels and your blood pressure to remain elevated.
A studypublished earlier this year discovered that those who consumed 74 grams or more per day of fructose (the equivalent of about 2.5 sugary drinks) had a 77 percent greater risk of having blood pressure levels of 160/100 mmHg. (For comparison, a normal blood pressure reading is below 120/80 mmHg.) Consuming 74 grams or more of fructose daily also increased the risk of a 135/85 blood pressure reading by 26 percent, and 140/90 by 30 percent.
This is significant because the average American now consumes 70 grams of fructose EVERY day!
Read on for some of the things you can do to improve your blood pressure…