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Why High-Potassium Foods May Be the Key to Lowering Blood Pressure

If you’re one of the 75 million Americans with high blood pressure, you’ll be interested in a new report by Consumer Affairs that shows that simple dietary changes may be all you need to get your blood pressure into an acceptable range. It’s been shown that potassium-rich foods such as sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans and bananas can help with this.

Factors identified as contributing to high blood pressure include insulin/leptin resistance, elevated uric acid levels, poor nutrition in childhood and exposure to lead and pollution. And, as this article pointed out, there are certain strategies you can implement to address your blood pressure without drugs. To the dietary changes, I would add exercising and optimizing your vitamin D and omega-3 status.

One of the most important dietary changes needed to improve high blood pressure is to eliminate or dramatically reduce sugar and processed fructose from your diet by replacing processed foods with real, whole foods. This will address not only insulin and leptin resistance but also elevated uric acid levels.

Beetroot juice may also help lower blood pressure. In one small placebo-controlled trial, one glass (250 milliliters or 8.5 ounces) of beetroot juice per day for one month reduced blood pressure in those diagnosed with hypertension by an average of 8 mmHg systolic and 4 mmHg diastolic pressure.

Vitamin D deficiency, associated with both arterial stiffness and hypertension, as well as insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, a group of health problems that can include insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, obesity and high blood pressure is also very important to address, so be sure to get your levels checked and get plenty of sun exposure or supplement if necessary.
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