Hypertension (high blood pressure) may also lead to numerous other serious health conditions, such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney diseases and chronic heart failure. It affects around 70 million adults only in the United States, that is, every 1 of every three Americans.
The researches shown that people with high blood pressure experience no symptoms. Exactly, the high blood pressure is a common disease in which the blood flows through arteries and blood vessels at a higher pressure than normally.
The measurement of blood pressure shows two numbers, showing two distinct pressures. The first number shows the systolic pressure, or the blood pressure during the heart beating while pumping blood. The second number shows the diastolic pressure, which is the blood pressure between heartbeats, when the heart is resting.
It is of high importance to control blood pressure levels and react on time as soon as you experience some of the symptoms of hypertension.
Some of the most common symptoms of high blood pressure include:
- Ear noise or buzzing
- Vision changes
- Chest pains
- Irregular heartbeat
If you have some of these symptoms, pay attention and consult your doctor!
Foods that can help you to reduce the high blood pressure:
- White tea. Its regular consumption several times during the day will lower the blood pressure and prevent other serious health issues, like stroke. It significantly improves the function of the arteries and thins the blood.
- Dark chocolate. Try to consume a dark chocolate that includes at least 200 milligrams of cocoa phenols, which lower blood pressure.
- High-fiber food. Consume foods rich in fiber, like fruits, vegetables, seeds and beans.
- Apple cider vinegar. It is rich in potassium, so it naturally reduces blood pressure and alkalizes the body at the same time.
- Omega-3. Consume foods rich in omega 3 wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, Chia seeds and flax seeds.
You should avoid this food:
- Caffeine may increase blood pressure. You should reduce the daily consumption of coffee and drinks that are rich in caffeine.
- This means a drink on a daily basis for healthy women and men older than 65, and up to 2 drinks for men younger than 65. Alcohol increases the blood pressure and narrows arteries. So be careful with it.
- The increased amounts of sugar worse the condition in case of high blood pressure. Sugar intake may be even more threatening than salt in case of hypertension.
- High-sodium foods. You can use quality salts, but avoid canned and high-sodium processed foods.
- Family history
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Excess body weight
- Tobacco use
- Physical inactivity
- Potassium deficiency