Staying healthy requires some work – in the midst of fast paced lifestyles. Diet plays a really important role in ensuring a healthier and better quality of life. Among the many disorders that are attributed to a hectic routine, high blood pressure is one, and is serious and widespread at that.
An advantage of using diet to modify/control blood pressure, is that foods typically do not have the side effects associated with the use of medication.
These are a few of the foods that can help in keeping blood pressure levels low.
Oatmeal has been a staple food for thousands of years. It is the main ingredient of classic foods including granola and porridge. It’s extremely rich in fiber, low in sodium and is filling. This complex carbohydrate aids in slower and effective digestion, which is better for our body.
Studies have shown that the beta-glucans found in oat kernels are known to lower cholesterol and glucose levels in blood. It has gained popularity across several cultures as a popular breakfast meal.
Bananas are rich in potassium. They can be used in a variety of ways to suit your needs and taste. Cut it up, blend it into a smoothie, or simply peel it and eat it.
Potassium is better absorbed by the body through ingestion of foods rather than an intake of supplements, hence adding banana to healthy desserts and snacks is a better option.
Green tea is hydrating – it is now a popular beverage owing to its many amazing nutrients and health benefits. It contains a wide array of antioxidants and polyphenols, and several other vitamins. It is also a rich source of manganese, zinc, chromium, and selenium.
The polyphenols in green tea have been found to increase blood flow and improve blood pressure.
Studies have proven that drinking just a few cups a day can widen arteries by almost 40 percent, and tea drinkers have been found to have a lower risk of heart disease. Still, as with everything, it is best to drink green tea in moderation and within restrictions.