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Diet Mistakes to Avoid for those with High Blood Pressure
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Mistake #1 – Eating Non-Organic Foods 4 Mistake #2 – Eating Processed Foods 4
Mistake #3 – Not Enough Potassium in Diet 5
Mistake #4 – Eating After 6 P.M. 6
Mistake #5 – Too Much Alcohol 6
Mistake #6 – Watch the Coffee 7
Mistake #7 – Not Drinking Quality Water 7
Mistake #8 – Consuming Too Much Sugar 8
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HYPERTENSION DIET MISTAKES
8 DIET MISTAKES TO AVOID FOR THOSE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Eating the right foods for those with high blood pressure (hypertension) can be tough. The Standard American Diet and recommended daily nutritional guidelines do little to help people with high blood pressure.
Hypertension management and elimination requires proper care and monitoring, the lack of which could lead to stroke and even death.
Make no mistake about it – the foods and fluids you put in your body have a direct impact on your hypertension.
Unfortunately, many with hypertension don’t eat the right foods nor consume the right fluids. They’ve been diagnosed with this disease, given Big Pharma medications which they swallow religiously, and go on their way thinking all is OK. They resume their normal diets and behaviors in the false belief that prescription medications will resolve the problem.
These are the very people I used to treat in hospitals in Illinois and Arizona. By the time I saw them, they were heart attack or stroke victims. See, Big Pharma medications only mask symptoms, they don’t cure the root cause of the high blood pressure. And I don’t need to tell you about the awful side effects. Just watch a TV ad and the drug makers will tell you all about them!
That’s why I am writing this guide. I want you to realize two critical things:
1. You don’t have to live with high blood pressure. It can be treated naturally, and it can be eliminated.
2. Prescription medications aren’t the best solution for treating high blood pressure. Natural solutions are more effective and much safer.
Hi, I’m cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson. After seeing tens of thousands of patients, I have learned how important nutrition is for blood pressure control. Let me share with you 8 common diet mistakes made by most people with high blood pressure.
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Mistake #1 – EATING NON- ORGANIC FOODS
Most foods today are grown with pesticides and are genetically modified.
These foods are destroying your health and raising your blood pressure. One study showed that people with the highest pesticide levels in their body have more than double the risk of high blood pressure!
(ref). Research links these toxins with endothelial dysfunction (ref). It is this blood vessel layer that is essential
to normal blood flow and pressure.
Pesticides in food have been directly linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, ADHD and even birth defects. They harm the nervous system, the endocrine system, and the reproductive system. Most meat products in our country are raised with growth hormones and antibiotics, things that enter your body when consumed.
Pesticides when ingested leave a residue inside our bodies that doesn’t break down. This residue accumulates over the years, resulting in disease and poor overall health.
Genetically modified foods tamper with Mother Nature. Nearly all the corn and soybeans raised in the U.S. have been genetically modified, a practice outlawed in many European countries. Genetically modified foods have been linked to cancer, allergies, and antibiotic resistance.
Organic foods are as Mother Nature intended them to be. They are more nutritious. They fuel the body with pure vitamins and minerals. They don’t contain the harmful modifications, pesticides and poisons that harm our health.
To treat your high blood pressure, treat your health. Only eat organic foods.
Mistake #2 – EATING PROCESSED FOODS
Processed food is any food that is changed from how you find it in nature. Would a caveperson recognize it as food?
Most snacks, cereals, microwave or pre-made meals, non-organic
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meat products, tin vegetables and cheese are processed foods.
Diets rich in processed foods have been linked to high blood pressure. That’s because most processed foods are full of salt (sodium). Salt makes your blood pressure skyrocket. More than 75% of most people’s salt intake comes from processed foods.
The average American consumes 3400 mg of sodium each day, nearly triple the amount I recommend for my patients. With too much sodium comes too little potassium. The cumulative effect of excess sodium can be devastating. Not only can it lead to high blood pressure and all its related conditions, it can also cause kidney disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
The science is clear: to manage high blood pressure and have better health, don’t eat processed foods.
Mistake #3 – NOT ENOUGH POTASSIUM IN DIET
Potassium is the third most abundant mineral in your body. It functions as an electrolyte to help the body regulate fluids, send nerve signals, and regulate muscle contractions.
A potassium rich diet is linked to many health benefits. Studies have shown it to lower blood pressure and
water retention, help prevent kidney stones and osteoporosis, and protect against stroke.
A big way potassium helps reduce blood pressure is by removing excess sodium from your body.
Nearly every single person I have treated with high blood pressure over the past 20 years has also had a potassium deficiency. In fact, it’s estimated that less than 2% of Americans meet the government’s minimum recommendations for potassium.
That’s because they aren’t eating enough of the right foods and taking potassium supplements.
I recommend about 4500-5000 mg of potassium daily.
Foods that are rich in potassium include fruits, vegetables, and fish like wild salmon. Some of my personal favorites include kale, avocados, and yams.
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Mistake #4 – EATING AFTER 6 P.M.
Most people aren’t aware that when they eat makes a huge difference in their high blood pressure.
A study presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) annual meeting in 2018 showed that eating high calorie meals after 6 P.M. significantly increases the risk for high blood pressure. Consuming 30% or more of a day’s calories after 6 p.m. was associated with a 23% higher risk of developing hypertension, according to a study funded by the AHA.
See, your blood pressure normally drops at night as your body starts to rest and repair. Eating big meals at night forces your body to work to process what it has consumed. This extra work stops the body from dropping blood pressure and forces it to work harder to circulate blood.
The result? High blood pressure. Increases in blood sugar levels, obesity, insulin, cholesterol, and triglycerides are also associated with late eating.
An old adage goes, “Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper.” That means eat your big meal in the morning and taper off as you eat throughout the day.
Want to lower your blood pressure? Stop eating after 6 P.M. (and go to sleep on time!)
Mistake #5 – TOO MUCH ALCOHOL
Your drink or two every night to unwind is not the best way to deal with the stress of the day. In fact, this habit can raise your blood pressure. Dozens of studies found the association between alcohol consumption and hypertension. However, the mechanism through which alcohol raises blood pressure remains elusive. Several theories have been proposed such as an imbalance of the central nervous system, stimulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, increased cortisol levels, stimulation of the endothelium to release
vasoconstrictors and loss of relaxation due to inflammation and oxidative injury of the endothelium.
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Again, drinking is not the best solution for stress. Eliminating the stress is the best solution.
If you’d like to drink alcohol, choose organic options, and limit yourself to no more than a couple drinks per week. Make it a Friday or Saturday night treat. There are plenty of great tasting organic wines, tequila and more on the market, and most large retailers will carry organic brands.
Mistake #6 – WATCH THE COFFEE
Don’t worry. I am not going to vilify coffee. However, the coffee that YOU drink could pose a problem. In mistake #1, we talked about pesticides. And coffee is one of the most sprayed crops in the world.
So, you must drink organic coffee.
Many studies actually show that coffee can lower the risk of high blood pressure (ref). An