What not to Eat if You have High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can lead to further health complications. One step we can all take to lower our blood pressure is to eat the right foods as a part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Unfortunately, too many people suffer with high blood pressure. If you suffer with high blood pressure and it is not treated, it can leave you much more susceptible to getting other conditions, which can have a devastating effect. High blood pressure is simply when your blood pressure is consistently higher than normal.
Because, quite often, high blood pressure has no symptoms, it is important that you get your blood pressure checked regularly, in order for you to keep an eye on it. It also means that should you experience from high blood pressure that it can be treated and controlled, reducing your risk of developing heart and other health problems.
What many people do not realise though is that diet plays a huge role in our blood pressure, and obesity is one of the leading causes for high blood pressure. Certain food, mostly those that are high in fat and salt can raise our blood pressure, and should be avoided, or at least enjoyed in moderation in those who have a normal blood pressure. Those who have high blood pressure should avoid them completely!
Canned beans are more often than not high in sodium, in order to preserve them so they are good to eat. However, this can send blood pressure on the up, so in order to avoid this, it is advisable to rinse the beans in water to reduce the amount of sodium that is left on the beans.
Although we are told that some alcohol can actually be beneficial to our heart health, it is so important that this is consumed in moderation.
Too much alcohol will not only dehydrate you, but ultimately lead to an increased weight gain, which as we have already mentioned is one of the leading causes of high blood pressure.
There is no surprise that bacon can cause an increase in our blood pressure, thanks to the high fat and salt content.
Just three slices of bacon can contain approximately four and a half grams of fat, and two hundred and seventy milligrams of sodium.
Shop bought soups:
Although it might seem like a healthier option, you should check pre-made and tinned soups carefully before consuming, as despite containing a lot of vegetables, they can also contain high amounts of salt and sodium, which cannot be rinsed away.
Make sure that you really check the nutritional value, or look for salts that are low in salt.
A surprising one maybe, but cheese can have a real negative effect on your blood pressure. Some cheese contains very high levels of sodium. Roquefort for example contains 21 percent of your recommended intake of sodium in just one serving!
Try and opt for grilled cheeses, but be aware of the hidden nutritional values within them.
Canned and bottled tomato products:
Tomato sauces, purees, and ketchup, are very often high in salt, which is, as we know one of the biggest causes of high blood pressure.
Try avoid using them altogether, and instead create your own sauces from fresh tomatoes, so you know exactly what has gone into them.
Unfortunately, one of our favoured cuisines is absolutely loaded in salt and sodium, and is guaranteed to increase blood pressure.
You can expect this to go up even more if you choose to add soy sauce as well. Not only will it increase your blood pressure, but it can also cause you to retain excess fluid as well. Order wisely, and consider steamed dishes.
There is no surprise really that processed meats are loaded with sodium. Try and avoid buying processed meats at the supermarkets, and instead opt for purchasing them directly from the butcher, so you can be clearer as to what is going in them.
Caffeine is a stimulant, so there is no wonder that it causes a spike in your blood pressure. A sudden spike is really bad for your heart health, and can cause the adrenal glands to release excess cortisol and adrenaline substances, which again will cause a further rise in blood pressure.
Frozen ready meals:
Frozen ready meals need to be kept for a long time, so more often than not, they contain high levels of sodium. Even the healthy ones should be checked, and are not always as good for you as they claim to be.
Make sure you take the time to look at the nutrition label, to double check just how much sodium is in the meal.
Sweets are essentially just sugar, and empty calories, which will lead to weight gain, and an increase in blood pressure.
If you suffer from high blood pressure as it is, avoid sugary snacks that are loaded with unnecessary calories, and instead opt for naturally sweetened fruits that are rich in fibre and potassium, which are both shown to lower blood pressure.
Although these are undeniably delicious, pastries, such as doughnuts, cakes and cookies are loaded with both sugar and fat, which is not good for weight gain at all.
Although the odd one is ok, when consumed excessively, it can cause an increase in your blood pressure. Ensure that you are keeping a track of the portion and serving size.