If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s important for you to make some dietary changes and adjustments to make sure your body is able to function to the best of its ability. Most importantly, you’ll want to do what you can to reduce levels of sodium and fat in your diet. Work with your doctor or primary care physician to create a dietary plan that will work for your needs, and be sure to follow it. To start, here are four foods you should definitely do your best to stay away from in order to control your high blood pressure.
Pickles are low in calorie content, which is great and may even make it seem like a healthy dietary choice. However, like most of the items on this list, pickles are drenched in sodium; just one medium sized pickle can have up to one-third of your daily recommended amount of sodium.
Canned Soup/Instant Noodles
The general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to soup-based products is, if it’s easy to make, it’s probably not the greatest for you if you have high blood pressure. Canned soup is able to have a long shelf life due to the high sodium content, making it ultimately not the greatest dietary choice for maintaining your blood pressure. Instant ramen noodles contain very little nutritional value, in addition to the fact that they contain extremely high amounts of sodium. If you can’t resist, try using only one-third of the seasoning packet, since that is where the majority of the sodium content lies.
It can be difficult to avoid red meat in the modern American diet, but it is necessary to do your best to reduce your intake of red meat if you experience high blood pressure. You can still consume small amounts, but just be wary of the fact that many red meats, especially those that are heavily processed, have high amounts of saturated and trans fats. You want to substitute this with healthy, unsaturated fat, such as the kind found in extra virgin olive oil and wild salmon. Red meat also might contain high amounts of hydrogenated oils, especially if it is in fast food form.
Unlike the other items on this list, whole milk is not brimming with sodium, which is good. However, whole milk is high in fat, and the majority of that fat is of the unhealthy, saturated kind. Switch whole milk out for 1% or skim milk, so you still receive the calcium you need without loads of fat content.
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