Dietary modifications, including salt and alcohol restriction, as well as weight reduction, have been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of Hypertension.
Increasing the intake of potassium, and acquiring a vegetarian diet can lower blood pressure in some patients. Lifestyle changes, such as the cessation of smoking and initiation of an aerobic exercise regimen, are important. In fact, cases of mild Hypertension may be sufficiently managed by the introduction of these lifestyle changes.
You may follow these simple dietary guidelines to make a positive change in your health:
Depletion of potassium tends to raise blood pressure. To keep potassium levels up, consume more bananas, grapefruit juice, tomatoes, oranges, baked or boiled potatoes and beans. However, if you are already suffering from kidney disease, consult your doctor or dietician before eating the above mentioned food.
Do not bottoms-up
Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per day.
Stub out the smoking habit
The harmful chemicals in cigarettes increase the risk of heart disease. If you smoke, try to stop now. Join a support group to quit smoking. Talk to our nurse counsellors to participate in a “smoking cessation” programme.
Stretch your muscles
Sedentary living or infrequent exercise is not advisable for those with Hypertension. A programme of approved aerobic training, such as brisk walking, slow jogging, cycling or swimming at least three to four times a week is beneficial. However, it should be noted that violent or strenuous exercise such as boxing, can raise blood pressure levels. Such activities are rather dangerous for patients with Hypertension.
Changing your lifestyle is not easy. However, we will do our utmost in helping you find ways to break out of your old habits and make enjoy a healthy life.
*The above information and recommendations are general guidelines, and should not be viewed as specific advice for any individual. Please consult your physician or other health care advisors for personal health decisions.