>If you want to keep your blood pressure normal, weight reduction and exercise help, but did you know it is not just reducing your sodium that is helpful.
You should also increase the potassium and calcium in your diet to keep hypertension at bay. There are many studies that have found that people who stay healthy through calcium and potassium rich foods have decreased their numbers in blood pressure. What a normal blood pressure has also changed. Now doctors want you to have a reading of 110/70 instead of 120/80, and if you have hypertension which is 140/90 or above, you need to get your blood pressure under control, so try some foods rich in potassium and calcium, and get some exercise!
And if you have hypertension, there are lifestyle modifications such as weight reduction, a DASH eating plan: Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension which is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in fat.
Foods high in Potassium Food high in Calcium
dried apples/peaches milk brocolli soybeans low fat yogurt
bananas turnips spinach tofu soybeans okra kale mustard greens
cantalope brussel sprouts ice cream baked beans
cauliflower sweet potatoes
sunflower seeds split peas
Taken in part from: Schlenker, E.D. and Roth S.Long. (2011) Williams Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy. St.Louis, Mo. Elsevier, Mosby.
Hausman, P and Hurley, J. ( 1991) Healing foods: The Ultimate Authority on the Curative power of Nutrition. New York. Dell Publishing