While indulging now and then in some fast food is acceptable, you should definitely drop these 5 eating habits if you have high blood pressure.
Hypertension is not funny, let's face it, it can lead to several health issues, the bright side of it is that if you change some eating habits and you keep stress at bay, you can learn to control it.
5 Eating habits that you should change if you have high blood pressure
1. Eating processed foods
While we might not notice it, most processed foods are packed with sodium –which everyone who has high blood pressure should definitely avoid. Canned foods, store-bought pasta, dressings, pastries, just about everything is packed with preservatives and sodium. This is why I usually tend to cook my food and try to use frozen vegetables over canned, and whenever possible, choose sodium-free foods.
2. Drinking alcohol
Reduce your alcohol consumption, no more than one drink a day if you are a woman, and two if you are a man. But if you want to keep your blood pressure low, try to ditch alcohol.
3. Eating out too often
It is perfectly fine to eat out every now and then, but just the same as being processed foods, it is impossible to know the amount of sodium added at a restaurant, especially if you choose fast food. It is always better to cook at home.
4. Eating fried foods
There are two reasons why fried food can affect your blood pressure. On the one hand, they can cause weight gain due to the fat content, on the other, they are also high in sodium. Pair the salt contained in the breading and seasoning, together with extra weight it can make it harder for your heart to plum blood through a larger body.
5. Avoiding healthy fats
Healthy fats included in avocados, fatty fish, nuts, and olive oil, can actually help manage your blood pressure. Healthy fats are great at reducing inflammation and blood vessel constricting.