Reduce Hypertension Through Diet

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Did you know that almost half of Americans have hypertension? If left unmanaged, hypertension or high blood pressure can lead to worse health conditions later down the road, including heart issues, mental health issues, and diabetes. While medication is a method for controlling hypertension, your diet can also help as well.

According to registered dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick, there are actually foods to include in your diet that naturally help to lower blood pressure due to their nutrient content. Some of these foods include:

  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Lemons
  • Dark chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Almonds
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Apples
  • Salmon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Yogurt
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Oregano
  • Garlic
  • Blueberries

Additionally, Kirkpatrick notes that it is best to avoid foods that are high in sodium, high in fat, and high in added sugars. Lifestyle factors such as reduced stress, adequate sleep, and regular exercise are also great ways to help address hypertension.

For more health-related articles, check out the Fill Your Plate blog!

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