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Suggest tips to keep BP in control

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I am 50 years old and also taking one tab daily for high blood pressure( on doctor's prescription). Would you give some diet tips which could help in controlling the bp.
Posted Wed, 26 Feb 2014 in Diet Plans
Answered by Meenakshi Attrey 39 hours later
Brief Answer: low sodium and high fiber and fluids diet Detailed Answer: Dear XXXX Thank you for posting the query. Hypertension is a very common problem and at the same time easy to manage also. The most easy way is to keep the sodium intake under check. Salt is the most common source of this mineral, other sources include packed and preserved foods, bakery items like cakes and cookies etc. Always read the labels of the pre - packed foods to get an idea about its salt / sodium content and also check that the packed food should be free of trans fat. Avoid the salted snacks and deep fried foods. Saturated ( animal fats) and trans fats (read labels) should also be avoided. Unsaturated plant fats like vegetable oils can be taken in moderation, meaning limit the intake of oil to 4 tsp. per day. Add more salads, vegetables, fruits and other raw foods in the diet and drink plenty of water and other low calorie drinks, as a well hydrated body manages the blood pressure better. Regular exercises and sufficient sleep is also very important. Make that you take a minimum of 7 hours sleep and if it is not possible to exercise daily, then make it convenient to at least go for a walk every alternate day. Hope I answered your query. Meenakshi
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