Rise in blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney diseases. Apart from medication and lifestyle changes, diet also plays a major role in lowering the blood pressure.
Sodium (salt) reduction: Even small reduction in the amount of sodium intake in diet can reduce blood pressure by 2 - 8 mmHg.
Limit sodium by 2,300 mg/day or even less.
People with age 50 and above should lower sodium level by 1,500 mg/day or less.
Potassium can help in lowering the effects of sodium on blood pressure. Rather than relying on potassium supplements, include diet which is rich in this mineral like banana, dates, apricots, prunes, dried coconut etc.
Weight loss: Gradual weight loss has an overall positive effect on the blood pressure. On the other hand rapid weight loss followed by speedy regain can have harmful consequences on body and may contribute to high blood pressure and other health problems.
Regulation of alcohol intake: Excessive intake of alcohol impacts blood pressure adversely. Permitted limit of alcoholic beverages is up to 2 drinks in a day for men and 1 drink for women.
DASH diet or ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ is a balanced eating plan meant to bring down the blood pressure levels by simple dietary modifications. DASH change the way a person eats, focusing on vegetables & fresh fruits, low-fat dairy, whole grains and only lean meats.
Today, many people are facing the problem of hypertension. Doctors recommend health management tips and a specific diet for hypertension. Following the dash diet will help you to overcome the problem of hypertension. Along with it, a preventive health checkup enables you to be aware of your health condition and make the necessary lifestyle changes accordingly. Avail the master health checkup by Indus available in the nearest well-known hospitals in your area. Feel free to fill up the query form if you want to know about our health checkup packages. Also, if you have any suggestions or want to share a review, do contact us via this form.