Blood Pressure Diet

Healthy Recipes for High Blood Pressure Patients

One of the major improvements  that people suffering from high blood pressure need to work on is in terms of the food that they eat. Patients suffering from high blood pressure are advised to monitor their consumption of sodium chloride (common table salt) as excessive levels contribute to an increase in the blood pressure.

A blood pressure reading of 130/90 mm of Hg or above is placed in considered to be moderately high. Chronic high blood pressure can result in a number of health complications such as stroke, damage to the eyes, kidney disorders and heart disease. The consequences can be serious if steps are not taken to monitor and control blood pressure.
 
As a first step, people should learn to adopt healthy ways of cooking and should modify existing recipes to make them more blood pressure friendly. Healthy recipes include recipes that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

Recipes should be base don ingredients that are high in fiber, potassium, calcium and magnesium and protein and low in fats and calories.

The Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been specially formulated for to prevent and manage high blood pressure. A balanced approach is the mainstay of a DASH diet that lays stress on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. It is advised that one should eat less of processed and canned food products, as they are high in salt content.

High blood pressure patients are recommended freshly cooked food. Though sodium is found in many natural fresh food items like meat, vegetables, nuts and grains, the extra sodium in processed food items is harmful. Drinking excess of alcohol is also believed to increase blood pressure in some individuals. Thus, people suffering from high blood pressure are advised to reduce alcohol intake.

The management of blood pressure involves besides improving the dietary profile, exercising and quitting smoking, management of stress and anxiety as these two factors also significantly contribute to the incidence of high blood pressure.