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World Hypertension Day 2024: Foods You Must Avoid to Stay Safe

 The theme for this year’s World Hypertension Day is “Measure Your Blood Pressure Accurately, Control It, Live Longer.” The idea draws light on the importance of accurate blood pressure measurement and effective hypertension management to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly in low to middle-income areas. It is all about the significance of blood pressure monitoring, effective control measures, and lifestyle modifications for improved health. Let’s know more.

Foods to Avoid for Hypertension Management:

Salt: Excessive salt intake can exacerbate hypertension by increasing blood pressure levels. Substitute table salt with healthier and more organic options such as fresh herbs and spices to flavor food instead.

Fried Foods: These are typically high in salt and saturated fats, making them detrimental to individuals with high blood pressure. Healthier cooking methods such as grilling, baking, or sautéing can be useful.

Pre-prepared Foods: Processed and pre-prepared foods often contain high levels of added salt to enhance flavor and preserve freshness. Choose fresh, whole foods over canned or frozen options whenever possible.

Sugary Foods: Sugary foods not only contribute to weight gain but can also worsen hypertension. Limit the consumption of sugary snacks and beverages to maintain blood pressure levels.

Caffeine and Alcohol: Caffeine and excessive alcohol consumption can skyrocket blood pressure levels. Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages and alcoholic drinks to balance the blood sugar levels in your body.

The Right Foods to Consume:

Banana: Rich in potassium, bananas help regulate blood pressure by reducing sodium levels and relaxing blood vessel walls.

Watermelon: A refreshing summer fruit, watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that promotes the production of nitric oxide, leading to improved blood flow and lower blood pressure.

Oats: Incorporating oats into your diet provides fiber and nutrients that support heart health and blood pressure regulation.

So, start by prioritizing blood pressure awareness and taking active measures toward improved cardiovascular health.

Source: Krishi Jagran

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