10 Foods That Cause High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), by Khadijah - Essential Health Portal

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Top 10 Foods that cause High Blood Pressure

Q: Why high blood pressure is a problem?

A: High blood pressure can damage obviously arteries even causing strokes and heart attacks.

Q: How to measure your blood pressure?

A: If you want to measure your blood pressure, you can find an instrument 'NURSAL' that actually works pretty well. Very simple to use. You want to make sure you got the right cuff size and it's hooked up too by the way. Because the cuff is too big for you or too small it's not gonna take an accurate measurement. You need to know that you can turn it on and can turn it off.
Read the instructions you can go ahead. It's set up properly so you get an accurate read.

You want to follow these guidelines for measuring blood pressure:

  • Make sure you've been resting for about five minutes.
  • Don't cross your ankles, you should be seated in a 90/90 position.
  • To be  Consistent, make sure you just didn't recently do with exercise or eating.        
It's a good way to monitor your blood pressure.

Doctors explained that 120/80 mmHg is normal blood pressure, but if it increases or decreases then a person might have a problem. If the upper blood pressure increases from 140 and the lower decreases from 90 then a person has high blood pressure. It is a silent disease, so you should keep a check regularly.
Hypertension or Blood pressure that’s high over a long time is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause a heart attack. 
Hypertension is sometimes called the silent killer because it has no symptoms and can go unnoticed for a long time. In most cases, nobody knows what causes high blood pressure. What is known is that the diet you eat can affect your blood pressure, in both, good ways and bad.
Foods high in fat and calories can result in obesity, which is a common risk factor for high blood pressure.

Here are 10 examples of foods to limit or avoid, if you have high blood pressure:

1. Coffee

Research shows that coffee may cause short-term increases in blood pressure. However, no long-term associations with increases in blood pressure, for those who drink it regularly. 
Rather, coffee may promote heart health due to its high antioxidant content. The blood pressure response to caffeine differs from person to person.

2. Table Salt

Too many salted foods, which contain sodium, may cause high blood pressure in some people  In some people, this may cause high blood pressure. 
your body holds extra water to "wash" the salt from your body.  
The added water puts pressure on your heart and blood vessels. Too much salt in your foods can increase your blood pressure, which in turn ups your chances of a heart attack.

3. Refined White Sugar

Eating sugar increases insulin sensitivity, which activates the sympathetic nervous system, leading to increases in heart rate and blood pressure. It also reputedly reduces the sensitivity of the receptors that regulate your blood pressure.

4. Alcohol

Alcohol causes several medical conditions that are risk factors for stroke. High blood pressure is the major risk factor for heart attacks/strokes, contributing to over 50% of all strokes. Taking too much alcohol increases your blood pressure. 

5. Red meat

Red meat can raise your blood pressure. The process of metabolizing red meat in the body may also release compounds that elevate blood pressure even more.

The following are all red meats:

Beef, lamb, pork, veal, and venison.

6. Saturated Fat Foods

Healthy fats are good for your body for energy and other functions. But too many unhealthy saturated fats can cause cholesterol to build up in your arteries. Saturated fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. 
High LDL cholesterol can cause high blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Butter, ghee, cream cake, biscuits, etc, are examples of saturated fat foods

7. Certain Condiments and Sauces

People with high blood pressure do not need to avoid all condiments. But, it is important to check the label, because some products can contain high amounts of sugar or sodium.

Examples of condiments that may contain high amounts of salt or sugar;
Most canned tomato sauces, and pasta sauces, are high in sodium.
This means that they can cause to increase in your blood pressure, especially if you already have high blood pressure.

8. Fried Foods

There is a lot of saturated fat and salt in fried foods, both of which you should avoid if you have high blood pressure. Fried foods include a fish fry, french fries, chicken strips, and cheese sticks. 
You should avoid all these food items. You can grill or bake these items if you have high blood pressure

9. Fast Foods

Fast foods are high in amounts of fat, salt, and calories contained in. So, fast foods are notorious for being unhealthy. Over time eating these foods can cause weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Pizza, pasta, and burgers are examples of fast foods.
10. Deli Meats and Cured Meats

Pre-packaged deli meats and cured meats are typically very high in sodium. You already know that sodium causes your body to retain excess fluid, which increases the strain on your heart and raises your blood pressure. Examples of deli and cured meats: Pepperoni, salami, and beef jerky.

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