One of the more common causes of high blood pressure is being overweight or obese. How we got to the point of being well over our ideal body weights may be different for each of us.
Some of us may have gotten to that point as a result of eating because we are leading high stress lives. Others of us may have gotten this way because we have gotten older and continued to consume the same foods as we did when we were teenagers and in our early twenties. While others of us may not lead active lifestyles and sit at a desk job all day, then sit in the car for the commute to and from work, then sit on the couch at home in front of the television at night.
In order for us to reduce our high blood pressure we have to lose weight. As you begin to lose weight, you should start to include some sort of aerobic exercise on a regular basis two or three times a week.
The biggest problem most people face when dieting is that they feel hungry all the time. To avoid this feeling the best thing to do is to make sure that you eat six to eight times a day. First eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, lean cuts of beef, poultry, and low fat, low sodium dairy products.
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Ideally you should consume smaller portions more frequently throughout the entire day. For example, start off with some scrambled egg whites and a glass of vegetable juice for breakfast. Two to three hours later have a snack consisting of ¼ cup of low fat cottage cheese with two ounces of unsalted nuts.
About two to three hours after that you should have a small meal consisting of a salad with sliced turkey or chicken with a low fat dressing. A few hours after that, consume another snack of fresh fruit and one serving of pretzel sticks. Then a few hours after that have your dinner, which should include steamed vegetables, 6 ounces of lean meat and steamed rice. Experiment and spread out your portions to establish what works best for your schedule.
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