10 Most Dangerous High Blood Pressure Foods
Hi. It’s Amanda, Head Exercise and Fitness Coach at Optimal Health & Wellness. I wanted to give you a few tips to help you improve your heart health and avoid a condition that is becoming epidemic in North America.
Did you know that nearly two thirds of Americans have either high blood pressure or prehypertension, a condition in which blood pressure is higher than normal but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as hypertension. If you have high blood pressure or prehypertension, studies have shown that you can lower your blood pressure by eating a healthy diet emphasizing lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, there are also a lot of foods that can hinder your ability to lower your blood pressure. Here are my top 10 foods that you should avoid (or at least minimize) if you’re struggling with hypertension or prehypertension.
Salt and sodium are villains when it comes to living with high blood pressure and heart disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that people with hypertension or prehypertension limit their daily sodium intake to just 1,500 milligrams. Currently, the average American eats more than twice that amount, or about 3,400 milligrams a day.
More than 75% of the sodium you eat in a day comes from packaged foods, not what you add at the table with a saltshaker. Some of the saltiest sources of pre-packaged foods include frozen pizza, deli meats, fruit and vegetable juices, canned soup and canned or bottled tomato products.
Processed deli and lunch meats can be real sodium bombs. (Bacon counts in this category, too.) These meats are often cured, seasoned and preserved with salt. A 2 oz. serving of some lunch meats could be 600 milligrams of sodium or more. If you have a heavier hand with the cold cuts, you’ll get even more sodium. Add bread, cheese, condiments or pickles and your simple sandwich can quickly become a sodium trap.
All pizzas can be bad for those watching their sodium intake. The combination of cheese, cured meats, tomato sauce and bread adds up the milligrams quickly. But frozen pizza is especially dangerous for hypertensive people. To maintain flavor in the pizza once it has been cooked, manufacturers often add a lot of salt. One sixth of a frozen pizza can be as much as 1,000 milligrams, sometimes even more. The thicker the crust and the more toppings you have, the higher your sodium number will climb.
Salt is a huge part of food preservation. The salt stops the decay of the food and keeps it edible longer. However, salt can take even the most innocent cucumber and make it a sodium sponge. The longer vegetables sit in canning and preserving liquids, the more sodium they can pick up. A whole dill pickle spear can contain as much as 300 milligrams of sodium. Reduced sodium options are available, containing about 100 milligrams of sodium each.
They’re simple and easy to prepare, especially when you’re in a time-crunch or not feeling well. However, canned soups are filled with sodium. Canned and packaged broths and stocks can be bad, too. Some soups can have 890 milligrams of sodium or more in just one serving. If you consume the entire can, you’ll be taking in 2,225 milligrams of sodium. Low-sodium and reduced-sodium options are available. A better option is to make your own from a low-sodium recipe to keep the salt in check.
Canned or Bottled Tomato Products
As a rule, tomato products are problematic for people with hypertension. Canned tomato sauces, pasta sauces and tomato juices are all high-sodium culprits. A half-cup serving of classic marinara sauce can have more than 450 milligrams. A cup of tomato juice comes in at 650 milligrams. You can often find low-sodium or reduced-sodium versions of all of these. For people looking to keep their blood pressure down, these alternative options are a smart choice.
You likely already know that excessive sugar intake has been linked to increased cases of weight gain and obesity. But did you know that high sugar intake is also linked to high blood pressure? Sugar (especially sugar-sweetened drinks) has contributed to an increase in obesity in people of all ages. High blood pressure is more common in individuals who are overweight or obese. Currently, the USDA does not have a recommended daily limit for sugars, but the American Heart Association recommends that women limit added sugar intake to 6 teaspoons per day, and that men keep themselves restricted to 9 teaspoons per day.
Chicken Skin and Packaged Foods
People with hypertension should avoid saturated and trans fats. Chicken skin is high in saturated fat, as are full-fat dairy, red meat and butter. Trans fats are created in a process called hydrogenation. Liquid oils are infused with air to make a solid oil. Trans fats are found naturally in small amounts in fatty meats and dairy products. However, the biggest contributor of trans fats is packaged and prepared foods. Hydrogenated oils increase packaged foods’ shelf life and stability.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, consuming too many saturated and trans fats increases your LDL cholesterol (or, “bad” cholesterol). High LDL levels may worsen your hypertension, and may eventually lead to coronary heart disease.
If you have hypertension or prehypertension, now may be the time to kick your coffee habit. Your morning “cup of joe” (or cups) can actually cause a temporary spike in blood pressure. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, this may be contributing to your hypertension. In fact, any caffeinated drinks (including soda or caffeinated tea) may cause an increase in your blood pressure.
When it comes to high blood pressure, alcohol is a double-edged sword. Small to moderate amounts of alcohol may actually lower your blood pressure, but drinking too much alcohol can increase your blood pressure, even for people who only drink occasionally. According to the Mayo Clinic, having more than three drinks in one sitting can cause a temporary spike in blood pressure. Repeated drinking can lead to long-term blood pressure problems.
Also, alcohol can prevent any blood pressure medications you may be taking from working effectively. As well, alcohol is full of calories and can lead to weight gain. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have high blood pressure.
Smart Eating Strategies
If you’ve been diagnosed with hypertension or prehypertension, a few smart-eating strategies can help you prevent further blood pressure spikes and possibly even reduce your blood pressure. Making a few easy swaps, such as looking for reduced-sodium or trans-fat free options, can help you cut back on the bad foods and find better options.
It’s important to remember that eating and hypertension aren’t about deprivation. Instead, it’s about eating smart and healthy for your heart and entire body.
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If you can’t remember the last time you checked your blood pressure, you’re long overdue. As a leading cause of heart attack, heart disease, stroke and kidney disease, high blood pressure has no symptoms.
Did you know that roughly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure? Yet only about half of these people have it under control, and the statistic is due in part to some common misconceptions.
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Most people believe that having a healthy heart is either a matter of good genetics ("he’s just lucky") or a strict diet ("I just have to give up salt").
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Sugar is necessary for survival. Blood sugar (or, blood glucose) refers to sugar that’s introduced into the bloodstream to supply needed energy to all the cells in the body. Our bodies are made to regulate those levels, making sure they’re neither too high nor too low.
Unfortunately, sugar is made from the food we eat. Our digestive system breaks down carbs from food and sends them straight to our bloodstream as glucose, a simple sugar that converts to energy. However, glucose can only enter the cells via insulin.
Unbalanced insulin levels result in either type 1 diabetes (also known as insulin sensitivity, or too low levels) or type 2 diabetes (too high levels).
This means, the higher your insulin levels, the higher your chance of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease that literally damages the structure and function of your heart.
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It begins with maintaining your insulin levels, because modern living—along with diets full of refined sugars and other challenges—have made it so most of us are nearly insulin-unbalanced all the time. This not only makes eating right nearly impossible, it also makes choosing when and how often to eat MUCH harder.
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Whether you’ve heard of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) or “good” cholesterol (HDL), I assure you. They’re having a MASSIVE effect on the health of your blood.
LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it creates plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries, making them less flexible. (This is known as atherosclerosis.) Eventually, a clot can form, blocking a narrowed artery, often resulting in heart attack or stroke. Another condition called peripheral artery disease can develop when plaque buildup and narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs (usually the legs). Either scenario often results in death or life-altering consequences.
HDL cholesterol is considered good because it aids in removing LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Scientists believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and safely back to the liver, where it’s broken down and passed from the body.
A healthy level of HDL cholesterol will protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.
Without properly balanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels, your heart valves become restricted with plaque buildup, and that leads to a damaged and unhealthy heart. All this combined begins to affect other parts of your body and internal organs because they are starved of needed oxygen and blood that is pumped to them by your heart. After years of unhealthy eating, unbalanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels all over the place, your overall heart health begins to deteriorate. In worse cases, not protecting your heart health can lead to major damage resulting in the need for heart surgery or a heart transplant. In the worst case, deteriorated hearth health can lead to death.
And it gets worse with each passing year, not only making it harder to avoid heart disease but actually causing you to GET A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE—no matter how hard you try to avoid it.
Your stress levels increase. The number you see on the blood-pressure monitor goes up and perhaps worst of all, you begin to live your life in complete fear and feel like your heart is a bomb waiting to go off.
This vicious cycle not only accelerates with each passing year, it begins to compromise other parts of your health. Your sleep quality drops. Your stress begins to affect those around you. You stay away from strenuous activities including all exercise, and those things accelerate the cycle yet again.
Each time, the cycle speeds up, which is why heart disease is often so accelerated later in life.
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