High blood pressure affects millions of people. According to the CDC, up to a third of those who have it don’t even know it. Once you discover the problem, you may need to make changes.
weight issues: According to heart.org, the drop is small, because five to ten pounds could lower blood pressure. That’s great, but losing weight isn’t easy without knowledge and change.
The best method I have found is to use a calorie calculator. Caleriesperhour.com has the best I have ever seen. It helps calculate everything you eat (including fast food) and everything you do. At the end of the day, if you’ve burned more than you ate, you’re on your way to weight loss.
What to avoid: There are things that can raise blood pressure, regardless of your weight. Sodium and caffeine are two of the worst offenders. Reducing sodium intake to 1200 mg or less can make a big difference. Getting rid of caffeine completely is also wise. If you eat a lot, don’t go cold turkey. The withdrawal headache is not pleasant.
enjoy food: Over the past nine years, I’ve been working on ways to have good food that doesn’t threaten blood pressure levels. Increasing the use of herbs and spices is one way. Using unsalted broth (or better yet, making your own) is a good thing. Even if I have to start from scratch (read the label on canned tomato sauce or canned pasta sauce and you’ll see why), it can be done, tasty, and healthy.
Nutritionists: Not everyone has the time or inclination to do a lot of cooking from scratch. A nutritionist can help you through the minefield of prepackaged foods and easy-to-prepare meals that fit your food budget. Your doctor can refer you and some insurance covers it.