We recently discussed spices that can help lower your blood pressure, one that can lower your blood pressure immediately. Since you don’t eat spices alone, is time to find out what foods to put them on! Add these foods to your daily diet, and you can begin looking forward to that next health check-up when you will find out if your blood pressure has improved since your last visit instead of dreading it!
1. Beet Greens or Swiss Chard
Number one is a tie, because both foods are greens and have similar blood-pressure lowering powers. Beet greens are contain more potassium than an other food in the world! When you begin eating plenty of potassium daily, you can naturally flush excess sodium out of your body. Potassium also relaxes your artery walls, so they don’t squeeze so tightly around your flowing blood.
Studies have shown that just adding plenty of potassium to your daily diet can lead to lower blood pressure quickly.
But that’s not all! Beet greens also contain a hefty dose of calcium, which is another nutrient that helps keep your arteries relaxed to promote healthy blood flow.
Swiss chard is also high in both of these important nutrients that lower blood pressure and also contains magnesium, which helps your body absorb calcium.
Which should you choose? Try them both and see which you like the taste of best!
2. Edamame, Soy Milk or Tofu
All three of these foods are good sources of soy, which packs a one-two-three punch of being high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium AND containing isoflavones that boost enzymes that help relax your arteries. Check those soy milk or tofu packages before you buy them and be sure to choose one without added sodium, and don’t load that edamame with salt before you eat it!
Note: Soybeans have earned an undeserved bad reputation in recent years, mainly due to the fact that many are grown with GMO seeds and soy was suspected to have undesired hormonal effects on the body. However, you can always purchase organic or Non-GMO project certified soy products, and more recent studies have shown that the hormone-mimicking concerns of soy were a false alarm.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are a super-healthy food for anyone, but they are an especially great addition to a blood-pressure lowering diet. Sweet potatoes are filled with calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and if your high blood pressure is caused by being a little overweight, can help you lose a few pounds.
Why? Sweet potatoes are rated as one of the “most satiating” foods you can eat, which means they make you feel very full after eating just a small portion. While white potatoes are also very satiating, sweet potatoes are packed with more blood pressure lowering nutrients that white ones.
Add one or all three of these foods to your daily diet while making healthy lifestyle changes, and you may be surprised how quickly you can lower your high blood pressure naturally!