Nutrition Facts - High Blood Pressure

Nutrition Facts - High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Diet

Most people know about the strong link between a healthy diet and disease prevention. But did you know that what you eat -- or don't eat -- may lower or prevent high blood pressure? Also, weight loss, if you are overweight or obese, is a safe and effective way to lower blood pressure.

By changing a few simple dietary habits, including watching portion sizes to boost weight loss, you may be able to lower your blood pressure -- a proven risk for heart disease.  Here's the latest diet information you need.

Does weight affect blood pressure?

High blood pressure is more common in people who are overweight or obese. But studies show that losing weight has benefits in lowering high blood pressure. Losing weight may also help reduce medications needed to control high blood pressure.

How does diet influence blood pressure?

Many foods and dietary factors affect blood pressure. Studies show a high-sodium diet increases blood pressure in some people. In fact, some studies show that the less sodium you eat, the better blood pressure control you might have -- even if you're taking blood pressure medications.

Findings also show that potassium, magnesium, and fiber may also affect blood pressure. Fruits and vegetables are high in potassium, magnesium, and fiber and low in sodium. Also, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meats, and poultry are good sources of magnesium.

At Simply Nutrition you will work with a registered dietitian to help you come up with an eating plan that is personalized so it fits your daily activities and life style. You will never just be given food dos and dont's fact sheets.  For more information about developing a plan for yourself or a loved one contact Simply Nutrition!