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5 Foods Than Can Help You Lower Blood Pressure
There are a lot more than 5 healthy foods that can help you to lower your blood pressure. We do not have to be a nation of cheeseburgers and fries. Eating for your health should be the most important thing in your life. It is your life and the only one you have . Some people take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies. This can change starting with you.
Even if you do not have high blood pressure, it needs to be monitored. Buy a good blood pressure monitor. Take readings at different times of the day to see if has changed drastically. Get a clean notebook and keep a diary of your readings and what you were doing at the time. This way if you have fluctuations you will be able to track what caused the change.
Tomatoes are one of my favorite fruits/vegetables. Whatever you want to call it, it is good tasting and really good for you. Whether it is a plain tomato, the juice, sauce, or even ketchup, this is something you can add to your meals every day. Tomatoes are full of Lycopene, which is a very powerful anti-oxident that fights cancer forming free radicals, The tomato also is a good source of potassium which helps lower blood pressure. It has plenty of vitamin C and A, and is also a good source of iron.
Bananas are next on my list of foods that can help lower your blood pressure. These are just great. They come in their own package, full of potassium and vitamins, and taste awesome. Bananas are good for your digestive system and can even help against GERD flareups. Eat at least one banana a day. My favorite way is cut up and put in a bowl of whole grain cereal with a 2% milk. Delicious and very good for you. This is what I usually have for breakfast.
Lima beans do a lot more than help keep your blood pressure low. Besides potassium, these beans are enriched with fiber, iron, protein, magnesium, and manganese. They are good for developing and maintaining strong bones, which you need throughout your life. These make a really good addition in a homemade vegetable soup. And I love baby Lima beans in a cheese sauce.
Strawberries, like many other berries, have so many good things about them that whole books have been wrote about them. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and manganese combine to fight many types of cancers. Helping to lower your blood pressure, these things should be called miracle berries. And they are really good. I like to eat them the way they are but they can be added to fruit salads, smoothies, cereal, and even ice cream.
Dandelions have been used for many years as a healing plant. The greens are great in a salad if you pick them before the bitterness sets in. Many drinks have been made from the dandelion, including a type of coffee, tea, and even wine. I have even chopped up the yellow flower and added it to an omelet. Really delicious. The best thing I like about dandelions is that they are free.
This is just a small sample of foods you can add to your diet to help keep your blood pressure low. Plant some of these vegetables and add some fruit trees. This will get you outdoors for some much needed vitamin D. Not only will adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet on a daily basis help lower your blood pressure, you might even lose a little weight, which most of us could stand to do. So don't forget to get a blood pressure monitor and a journal to keep track of your readings, activities, and diet.