Apparently there’s a lot of evidence that a rich diet of fruit and vegetables is good for lowering blood pressure. We’ve also been hearing for years that the Mediterranean diet or a vegetarian diet are beneficial for heart health.
Since smoothies are a delicious way to increase our intake of healthy veggies, we should use this info to inform our smoothie recipe ingredient selections. So…
Today we have some recommended foods, 5 top tips, and a low-calorie blueberry bliss smoothie recipe, all aimed at helping lower blood pressure to improve heart health. (All courtesy the excellent Prevention.com website.)
First, recommended foods for lowering blood pressure are those that contain:
- Carotenoids (carrots and red/orange fruits and veggies, spinach and kale),
- Vitamin C (blueberries, oranges, strawberries, etc),
- Potassium (especially bananas, papaya, figs, cantaloupe, kiwifruits, strawberries, oranges, raspberries, chard, avocado, spinach, beets, tomatoes, carrots, guavas and dates), and pomegranate.
But there are other things you can do that will naturally reduce blood pressure according to Prevention.com …
While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia.
Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication.
- First, get to a healthy weight.
- Then try these strategies to reduce the risk of heart disease…
Go to the Next Page for my top 5 tips from the strategies they suggest …