20 April 2009

Have you ever heard that eating too much going to give us high blood pressure? A recent study suggests that salt doesn't affect blood pressure on its own. There is another thing that can influence high blood pressure, potassium. Blood pressure is constantly being raised and lowered, salt is involved in raising pressure by tightening arteries, while potassium is part of the relaxation system. That’s why consume enough potassium is vital.

Can I Eat Salty Snack If I Had High Blood Pressure?
Research has found that eating more salt does not necessarily raise the risk of heart disease. There is no significant difference in the risk of heart diasease whether they eat lot or little amount of salt. What did reduce the risk, was the ratio of salt to its balancing mineral potassium. Researchers now believes many of us need to significantly increase our potassium intake to help our arteries. To lower blood pressure and dampen the effects of salt, adults should consume 4.7grams of potassium per day. I recommended consume foods high in potassium include potatoes, sweet potatoes, yoghurt, tuna, lima beans and bananas.

British Medical Journal (BMJ), in 2002, found that cutting back on salt might help those taking medication for high blood pressure, the research showed no clear benefits for everyone doing it. People who consumed less than 6g of salt a day actually had a 'raised' risk of heart disease. Effective or not, cutting back on salt makes up only a small part of the regime recommended for anyone with raised blood pressure.

Eating a healthy amount of potassium in your diet can offset the impact salt has on raising blood pressure. The result is that after six weeks or so, most patients are prescribed drugs to lower their blood pressure.

Threat Hypertension With Drugs?
Are drugs the best way to treat the problem? Professor Oliver was concerned about the side-effects of these drugs that benefit so few. Reduction of mild hypertension can lead to vertigo, particularly in elderly people.

The drugs have a range of other effects. Diuretics, which make you go to the loo more often, reducing the volume of water in the blood and in turn lowering blood pressure, can cause gout.

Calcium channel blockers, which relax the arteries, can bring on headaches, while ACE inhibitors, which work by stopping the blood vessels from narrowing, often cause a nasty cough.

doctors at St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York. found that patients given beta-blockers (atenolol) had more heart attacks and more strokes.

Drugs certainly bring dangerously high blood pressure down, and for those with high blood pressure they are a lifesaver. But do people with only slightly elevated blood pressure really need them? Research shows that 167 patients need to take the drugs for a single person to benefit.

What’s The Secret To Cut Off The High Pressure?
  1. Cut out refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar. These foods push up your blood sugar level, and the body stores the extra sugar as fat. Eating carbohydrates that haven't been refined, such as brown rice and wholegrains, smoothes out the sudden spikes and troughs of blood sugar that come with sweets and pastries.
  2. Consume foods high in potassium include potatoes, sweet potatoes, yoghurt, tuna, lima beans and bananas.
  3. Raising your potassium is important, calcium and magnesium also play a role. Calcium tightens the blood vessels, magnesium relaxes them. The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 300 to 400mg and it is found, together with potassium, in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. One of the effects of diuretics can be to flush magnesium and potassium out of the body.
  4. Relaxation techniques, meditation. Anxiety pushes up your blood pressure by raising levels of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
  5. Join the 'laughter yoga' where you laugh for 45 seconds, then perform deep breathing and stretching exercises for 20 minutes lowering blood pressure.


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