20 Foods that Lower Blood Pressure
Blood pressure refers to the pushing of blood against artery walls, and if this remains high overtime it can cause serious damage to the body's organs.
About 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. Here are the numbers: Normal blood pressure is up to 120/80, prehypertension (pre-high blood pressure) is 120-139/80-89, and high blood pressure is anything above 140/90.
Ninety percent of indviduals above the age of 55 develop high blood pressure during their lifetime.
You can reduce your blood pressure by cutting your salt intake by just 1 teaspoon per day (this includes sodium in processed foods), reducing caffeine consumption, exercising daily, losing weight, reducing stress, reducing alcohol intake, adding in potassium, and adding in vitamin D.
Since diet is your daily medicine, why not adopt a diet that helps to reduce your blood pressure? Here are 20 foods that lower blood pressure.
1. Dark Leafy Greens
4. Chili Peppers
5. Tomatoes (though technically a fruit, used in more savory vegetable dishes)
17. Flax Seeds
18. Dark Chocolate
19. Olive Oil
20. Rolled Oats
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