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Looking For High Blood Pressure Diet? These 5 Drinks Will Help

Looking For High Blood Pressure Diet? These 5 Drinks Will Help

Stable blood pressure is key for general health. As you age, you begin to learn what healthy diets and regular exercise can mean for your body.

Unfortunately, your blood pressure is affected by many different factors, and some of them may be out of your control. Stress, age, and genetics can all drive your blood pressure up, even when you are doing what you can to keep it down.

Eating well and moving your body are the building blocks for health. But if age or genes require you to find an extra boost, add one of these five drinks to your regular routine to help lower your blood pressure and boost heart health.

1. Low-fat Milk

High blood pressure has been scientifically linked to calcium intake. People who have calcium deficiency are more likely to have high blood pressure, and those who get enough daily calcium often have low blood pressure levels. This is proven by a study which gives calcium supplements to a group of people with high blood pressure. [1]

Drinking low-fat milk is important for people with high blood pressure because low-fat milk has more calcium than whole milk. Low-fat milk also has the perfect amount of fat for absorbing that calcium.

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Serve up three glasses of low-fat milk (or another low fat dairy product) per day to help lower blood pressure.

2. Pomegranate Juice

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    High blood pressure can be affected by ACE, or angiotensin-converting-enzymes. Having too much ACE can constrict your blood vessels and raise your blood pressure.

    Pomegranates are full of natural ACE inhibitors, which prevent those enzymes from doing damage to your circulatory system. The juice of pomegranate acts like the medications doctors prescribe for high blood pressure, but it tastes quite a bit sweeter.

    Pomegranate juice is an exotic way to lower your blood pressure. But if it is too tart for your taste, consider adding it to another drink. Pour some in a smoothie with raspberries, and add a banana for extra potassium. Alternatively, add it to a cup of water to create a delicious flavored water.

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    Regardless of how you decide to enjoy it, pomegranate juice is able to lower systolic blood pressure by as much as 30 percent.

    3. Beet Juice

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      Beetroot is a word that sounds so healthy that it sounds more like punishment than nourishment. But beets are useful for lowering blood pressure. Studies [2] have shown that even a single glass a day can reduce your blood pressure.

      Beets have high levels of naturally-occurring nitrate. The body converts dietary nitrate into nitric oxide, which dilates and relaxes your blood vessels.

      There is no need to force down a glass of straight beetroot juice if beets are not your favorite vegetable. Check out recipes for adding this heart healthy juice to a concoction of other delicious ingredients. Drinking your way to heart health can taste good!

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      4. Hibiscus Tea

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        Tea has a huge number of health properties to support your entire body. Hibiscus tea, or tea brewed from hibiscus flowers, has special properties that work as natural ACE inhibitors, just like pomegranate juice does.

        One study [3] showed that people who drink this beautifully colored tea had a seven-point drop in their blood pressure. It may sound small, but even minor changes that can be maintained reduce the negative effects of high blood pressure like heart attacks and stroke.

        You can find hibiscus tea in the tea section of a supermarket or in a local health food store. Look for a high quality tea that does not include additives. Start by swapping out a cup of black tea for hibiscus, and aim to drink three cups a day for best results.

        If you like the color, but not the taste of hibiscus tea, look out for other herbal tea blends. Many American herbal tea blends contain hibiscus.

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        5. Cranberry Juice

        Cranberry juice, a liquid mostly set aside for cocktails and kidney stones, is another thirst quenching drink that promotes heart health.

        This juice has the ability to prevent blood vessel damage and reduce the damage already in the works to help lower your blood pressure. Antioxidants found in cranberry juice can also help increase blood flow by dilating your blood vessels, which is exactly what your body needs if you have high blood pressure.

        Some studies [4] say that you need two cups a day to minimize hearth disease and blood pressure risks, but others say there is no minimum amount required for optimal effects. Just be wary of the juice you buy. Some brands might include extra sugar or other additives that might work against its more beneficial properties.

        All of these drinks include amazing, naturally-occurring properties that benefit not only your heart, but your whole body. Consider adding one or more of these delicious, thirst-quenching refreshments into your daily life. Enjoy a glass full of something that keeps you happy and healthy.

        Reference

        [1] http://www.healthcentral.com/high-blood-pressure/c/63485/69792/blood/
        [2] http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/288229.php
        [3] http://www.webmd.com/heart/news/20081110/hibiscus-tea-may-cut-blood-pressure#1
        [4] http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-cranberry-juice-2-cups-day-may-lower-heart-disease-risk-356800

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        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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