Do’s & Don’ts- High blood pressure Patients

Thursday, April 22, 2010 23:23
Posted in category Heart Diseases

Chief points to note

1.Take very small quantity of SALT
2.Avoid alcohol and Stop smoking
3.Avoid Non-Veg
4.Use less oil,ghee, butter, margarine, shortening, and salad dressings.
5.Eat more fresh fruit (BANANA, APPLE) and vegetables (Onion, Garlic etc), wholemeal products and milk products
6.Do not eat food in Hotels, Shops etc. as they contain too much oils which are very un-hygenic too. So, Prefer only homely food
7.Lose any excess weight
8.Avoid stress
9.Take more physical exercise
10.Take prescribed medications unfailingly

What to do actually?

Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium  play an important role in regulating high blood pressure. Bananas, beans, tofu and potatoes are all rich sources of potassium.
Avoid boiling potassium rich food
Eat Grapes to control blood pressure.
Eat fewer olives and pickles.
Use half the amount of salt you normally use when cooking, if any.
Eat fruits without adding salt.
Eat foods high in dietary fiber (whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables).
Plan to eat 1 – 2 portions of fish a week (1 portion = 100 – 120 g).
Eat 1 – 3 eggs a week, including processed eggs e.g. in cakes and pastries, soufflés or cream desserts.
Eat 3 portions of fruit per day (1 portion = 1 apple, 1 banana, 3 plums or a dish of berries), ideally raw.

What foods should you EAT LESS of?

Butter and margarine
Regular salad dressings
Whole milk dairy products
Fried foods
Salted snacks
Canned soups
Fast foods

Fats and oils:

Use 2 teaspoonfuls (10 g) of high-quality vegetable oil, such as olive oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, thistle oil or corn oil per day, unheated, e.g. for salad dressings.
Use not more than 2 teaspoonfuls (10 g) of cooking fat or oil per day, e.g. peanut oil or olive oil, for the preparation of meals.
Do not eat more than one high-fat meal per day, such as deep-fried or breaded food, cheese dishes, fried potato, sausage, cream sauce, puff pastry, cakes, chocolate, etc.

Avoid Foods High in Fat

Fats and oils (like butter, margarine, vegetable oils, lard, fat back, salt pork, meat drippings, gravy)
Fatty meats (like hot dogs, bacon, bologna, salami, corned beef, regular ground beef, ribs, sausage)
Whole milk, 2% milk, cream, ice cream
Most cheeses (like cream cheese, cheddar)
Many snack foods (like chips and nuts)
Fried foods (like fried chicken and french fries)
Most cakes, pies, and pastries
Many cookies
Most fast foods

To Be More Active Everyday

Take a walk
Use the stairs
Get off the bus one or two stops early
Park farther away from the store
Work in the garden
Go dancing

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