Keys to a Healthy Heart!

5 Foods to Help Lower Blood Pressure

According to a 2013 World Health Organization report, high blood pressure, also known as hypertension and the “silent killer,” is a public health crisis.  You’ve surely heard that by now.  Truth be told, the warnings of high BP have been around for a long time.  But do YOU take them seriously?  For your sake and that of your family and friends, you should!

The Global Brief on Hypertension: silent killer, global public health crisis describes:

how hypertension contributes to the burden of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure and premature death and disability. The document also explains how hypertension is both preventable and treatable and how governments, health workers, civil society, the private sector, families and individuals can join forces to reduce hypertension and its impact.

In the following short video from NBC’s Today show, nutritionist Joy Bauer explains a little bit about how our blood pressure affects heart health.  As she states…

About 75 million Americans over age 18 — that’s 29 percent of us — have high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another way to look at it: one in three adults has hypertension!

And, she gives us her top 5 food picks to enjoy and benefit from!

Check out the short video here.

Most of us with hypertension know that keeping our salt intake to a minimum is very important. We also are careful with stimulant consumption such as caffeine.  As far as foods we can eat to help manage our blood pressure, here are some more suggestions that can hopefully be found at the local grocery or health foods store:

  • Collard
  • Romaine or Cos Lettuce
  • Broad or Fava Bean
  • Cherries
  • Noni
  • Cantaloupe
  • Corn
  • Spirulina

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