Dieting is a common practice that is used by millions of people worldwide to lose weight, some of whom claim they can lose up to 10 pounds a week. While there is no single diet that is best for all persons, there are common dietary patterns that are associated with lower blood pressure, better health and/or weight loss. Among the most popular diets are the Mediterranean diet and the low-carb diet.
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruit, vegetables , olive oil, whole grains, beans and seeds as well as fish, poultry and red wine.
Fruits, vegetables , carbohydrates, fats and protein are beneficial for high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association . For optimal heart health it is important to make an effort to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables each day in addition to lean proteins , whole grains and healthy fat sources.
People with high blood pressure should also limit sodium in their diets because salt can increase blood pressure. High blood pressure increases risk of heart disease by placing more stress on the circulatory system. Healthy weight management through appropriate diet is one factor that can help lower high blood pressure.
Supplements : Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements may be helpful for people with high blood pressure . Vitamin D may benefit the general population as well as those who have hypertension .
People who want to switch to a healthier diet can do so with the help of an expert, such as a registered dietitian, or they can research healthy diets online before making changes.