Hypertension is one of the most common ailments plaguing people today, but according to everydayhealth.com there are a few easy ways to reduce the risk and optimize health.
Sesame and Rice Bran Oils:
According to new research conducted by the American Heart Association, people who incorporated a blend of both sesame and rice bran oils into their cooking reduced their blood pressure significantly. Additionally, consumption of the oil blend coupled with high blood pressure medication produced even more optimal results among average aged men and women. Fatty acids and antioxidants found in the oils are likely helping to reduce blood pressure.
In another recent study, the AHA also found that those who consumed yogurt in at least 2 percent of their daily caloric intake were 31 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure. However, the trick is finding a balance between adding more yogurt into your diet without increasing your ingested calorie count. Eating at least one 6-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days should suffice, and should also lower your systolic blood pressure.
Low-Calorie Cranberry Juice:
Hypertension also decreased in those who drank low-calorie cranberry juice, the AHA reported. People who consumed the fruit cocktail every day for eight weeks, in accordance with a healthy diet, had a significant drop in
average blood pressure levels. Cranberries, naturally rich in antioxidants, have previously been associated with decreased blood pressure in other studies.
Implementing lifestyle changes can be rocky in the beginning, but big health payoffs lie at the finish line. Make sure to exercise regularly, watch your sodium and alcohol intake, and don’t let stress get the best of you - just relax and breathe. And remember to consult a doctor if you have any symptoms or questions.