Q&A: A Diet For High Blood Pressure?

bananas fruitQ: Can you share some pointers on high blood pressure? I am having a hard time knowing the right foods to eat. – Dana

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A: The first thing that will help lower blood pressure is lowering salt intake. Salt, or sodium, is an ingredient that is in a lot of prepared foods. A healthy sodium intake per day is  1500 mg or less. Reading nutrition labels is essential to a healthy diet that includes prepared foods. Healthy eating consists of a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat diary products.

Here are few tips to help you use food to lower your blood pressure:

  • If you bite, it write it! Journal all of the food you eat.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.

These foods will help lower blood pressure:

  • Soybeans
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Bananas
  • Skim or 1% milk
  • Spinach
  • Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • Beans
  • White Potato

Visit the BlackDoctor.org High Blood Pressure center for more.

Dr. Renee WHITE COAT HS Frame head onlyIf you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ‘Ask Dr. Renee’. Follow me on Twitter @AskDrRenee and on my website.