- High blood pressure can be controlled effectively with right diet
- Potassium regulates blood pressure numbers
- Exercise regularly for healthy blood pressure
Monsson is the season of fried snacks. From hot pakoras to samosas and a hot cup of tea, these tasty delights are unavoidable during the rainy season. But this might not be the best way to enjoy monsoon. Consumption of these snacks regularly can take a toll on your digestive health and lead to weight gain. People with pre-existing conditions should carefully monitor their diet to avoid any major fluctuation in their health condition. High blood pressure or hypertension is also a serious health condition that requires constant management of healthy blood sugar levels. Diet plays a significant role in controlling blood pressure numbers. Here are some do's and don'ts people with hypertension should follow to maintain healthy blood pressure.
Hypertension diet: What to eat and avoid
Foods to eat
People with hypertension should add fibre-rich foods to their diet. Foods loaded with potassium can also help controlling blood pressure numbers. Monsson offers a wide range of fruits and vegetables that can be a part of your diet. Some of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you must add to your diet are- jamun, apples, plums, peaches, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, Indian squash and green leafy vegetables.
Also, choose healthy drinks to prevent the complications of high blood pressure. You can choose herbal teas like green tea, hibiscus tea and oolong tea. Drink enough water throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Foods to avoid
Deep fried snacks with masala chai might be a tasty delight for a rainy day but these might not be a healthy choice for someone with hypertension. It is better to choose healthy snacks such as dried fruits or fibre rich snacks.
Also, avoid consumption of too much sodium as it can increase your blood pressure.
Regular exercise is also extremely important to stay fit and maintain healthy blood pressure numbers.
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