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    Do you have high blood pressure?

    Your pressure is considered high when it’s above 140/90. It’s a constant problem also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is very dangerous, and, if it doesn’t get treated, it can cause even worse health problems. 

    The most common symptoms that people with hypertension experience are:

    • Dizziness
    • Leg pain
    • Cramps
    • Abnormal heart beats
    • Insomnia

    Foods to avoid if suffering from high blood pressure

    High blood pressure is known as ‘the silent killer’. Unfortunately, there is no cure for it, but can effectively keep it under control. If someone diagnosed with high BP, say no to these foods in your diet. 

      Salty food: Salt is an essential ingredient that makes food  
         yummy. However, it is a real villain if you have high BP. 
         You should control intake of salty foods and limit the sodium 
          content in the food. 

      Fast foods: Fast foods are mostly fatty foods. It is strictly not 
         advised for people with high BP. Someone need to avoid fast 
         foods like French fries, bacon, instant soups etc. which 
         contain high amount of fat.  

      Pickles: Salt is essential to preserve food items. Hence 
         pickles have a high amount of salt, which means it is rich in 
         sodium content. Do not give space to pickles in the plate.   

      Papad: The crispy Papad are generally rich in sodium 
         content. Avoid papad from the plate to keep blood 
         pressure level normal. 

      Milk products: Milk is a nutritious drink and it is rich in fat 
         content. Say no to milk and milk products as it contains 
         saturated fat. Remember that BP levels may shoot up 
         with dairy products. 

      Sugared drinks: Say not to sugar as well! It increases the 
         calorie intake which leads to obesity and weight gain. 
         Obesity increases the risk of high blood pressure.

      Alcohol: If diagonised with high BP, do not drink alcoholic 
         beverages. Consuming alcohol will shoot up the blood 
         pressure and create long-term health issues. 

    In summary, these are some habits you can implement into your day to day routine that can help you

    • Avoid eating salt
    • Avoid fatty foods
    • Reduce caffeine consumption
    • Exercise regularly
    • Avoid smoking and drinking

    Normally, high blood pressure is treated with medicine, but there are a few natural alternatives that might be able to help you control your blood pressure. 

    1. Magnesium
    Magnesium is great for the entire cardiovascular system. It dilates your arteries and lowers your blood pressure. Studies have revealed that people who took magnesium supplements for 2 weeks experienced a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. 

    2. Bananas
    Potassium lessens sodium’s effects on your cardiovascular health and helps to control blood pressure. Bananas, just like sweet potatoes and apricots, are rich in this mineral. 

    3. Lemon Water
    You probably already know that drinking lemon water every day on an empty stomach has several benefits. The recipe is easy. Juice a lemon into a cup of water and drink it before breakfast. It’s beneficial because it relaxes your blood vessels, hydrates the body, and protects the walls of your veins. 

    4. Garlic
    Garlic is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. It regulates blood pressure and supplies your body with sulfur. Sulfur naturally stimulates nitric oxide production which is great at dilating blood vessels. You can eat 2 garlic cloves every day. If you have stomach problems, it’s better to take it in capsules. 

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