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Hypertension, or what is known as the high blood pressure is one of the serious rising health concern globally. Sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, poor diet and stress are a few of the major causes for hypertension.
If you have been suffering from hypertension and other related problems like headache, anxiety or frequent fainting then here is one of the best solutions to get rid of the problem.
A new study suggests that low intake of sodium along with a 'dash diet' helps in lowering blood pressure in those suffering from hypertension.
So let us understand a bit about dash diet first. Dash diets comprises a proper amount of food and nutrients like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with low or fat-free dairy, fish, poultry, beans, seeds and nuts. These helps to lower the high blood pressure and control hypertension.
For the study, led by Stephen Juraschek, researcher at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, US, the researchers had taken into consideration 412 adults with systolic blood pressures. The participants were put either on low sodium diet or dash diet for four weeks.
The participants were then divided into four categories of blood pressure: less than 130 mmHg, between 130 and 139 mmHg, between 140 and 159 mmHg, and 150 or higher mmHg.
Following the study, the researchers found that the participants who cut their sodium intake or followed the dash diet but did not reduce their sodium intake saw a lower systolic blood pressure.
Meanwhile, the participants who were on the combined diet plan were found to have low blood pressure compared to participants with high sodium intake eating their regular diet.
The study was recently presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions in California.
Meanwhile, there are a few home remedies to help reduce high blood pressure. Take a look.
Garlic helps in relaxing the blood vessels and thus stimulate the production of nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide. This helps in enhancing the blood flow. You can take 1-2 garlic cloves, crush it and then consume, or you can take 4-5 drops of garlic juice, mix it along with a quarter cup of water and drink it twice a day for best results.
One stalk of celery everyday helps in controlling the high blood pressure. Celery contains high level of the phytochemical 3-N-butylphthalide which are extremely helpful in ensuring a good blood flow and thus help control high blood pressure.
3. Coconut Water:
Keeping your body well hydrated is very important if you are suffering from coconut water, Coconut water is rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. All these content helps to decrease the systolic blood pressure.
(With Agency Inputs)