First, the systolic blood pressure reading is the force at which the heart pumps blood through the body. Second, the diastolic blood pressure reading is the resistance to blood flow in the blood vessels. If these readings are too high, you are more prone to a heart attack or stroke. Sipping hibiscus tea – instead of that from a regular builder – might lower blood pressure. The Antioxidant Research Laboratory in Boston, America identified the herbal extract as having “anti-hypertensive properties.”
The results suggest that daily consumption of hibiscus tea in adults with mild hypertension may be part of the dietary recommendations for these people.
Other dietary changes, approved by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), include reducing salt intake.
For example, instead of adding salt to your cooking, take advantage of herbs and spices to deliver tasty dishes.
Another dietary consideration is not to drink more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week.
Knowing your blood pressure is important so that you can take steps to lower it if needed.
Otherwise, high blood pressure is closely related to:
- Heart disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart failure
- Peripheral artery disease
- Aortic aneurysms
- Kidney disease
- Vascular dementia
In addition to dietary considerations, blood pressure readings reported by the NHS may be lowered by:
- Losing weight (in case of overweight)
- Exercise regularly
- Cut down on caffeine
- No smoking
People with very high readings will need to take medication and adopt a healthy lifestyle.