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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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        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

        There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

        One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

        In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

        Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

        1. Cat Camel Stretch

        Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

        Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

        Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

        Here’s a video to guide you through:

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        2. Go for a Walk or a Run

        This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

        Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

        The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

        Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

        Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

        3. Jumping Jacks

        Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

        Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

        4. Abductor Side Lifts

        Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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        Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

        5. Balancing Table Pose

        This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

        Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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          6. Leg Squats

          Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

          Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

          The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

          7. Push Ups

          You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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          An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

          Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

          This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

          8. Bicycle Crunches

          There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

          Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

          9. Lunges

          Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

          Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

          This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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          10. Bicep Curls

          You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

          Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

          Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

          Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

          Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

          These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

          You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

          Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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