TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Hypertension or high blood pressure rarely shows any obvious symptoms. However, this disease increases the risk of serious conditions such as heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure and diet are also interrelated. What you eat has a big impact on blood pressure. Everyone’s blood pressure will be slightly different and what is considered low or high for you may be considered normal for others.
The only way to check whether blood pressure Your height is checked with it and should be done frequently. With regards to food, for those who have a history of hypertension or don’t want to get this disease, there are five foods that must be avoided, as reported from Express.
Salt, or especially sodium in salt, is a big contributor to high blood pressure and heart disease. Table salt contains about 40 percent sodium and is recommended only about one teaspoon a day. The following foods are major contributors to daily salt intake:
-Bread and rolls
Processed meats are often packed with sodium as manufacturers season and preserve. In fact, foods that claim to be low in salt tend to be quite high in sodium. So, try to avoid it. A high-salt diet can disrupt the normal balance of sodium in the body, causing fluid retention, and subsequently higher blood pressure.
According to figures from Action on Salt, reducing sodium intake from 10 grams daily to 6 grams can lower blood pressure. This could result in a 16 percent reduction in deaths from stroke and 12 percent from coronary heart disease.
Sugar causes obesity. Sugar is also a major factor in increasing blood pressure. Sugar interferes with metabolism, for example by causing the body to produce too much insulin and leptin, reducing the excretion of sodium and water by the kidneys, and causing blood vessels to constrict. Some sugary foods to avoid:
-High fructose corn syrup
Saturated and trans fats
Consuming too much saturated fat and trans fat increases bad cholesterol and increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Foods high in saturated and trans fats include:
– Red meat – beef, lamb and pork
-Milk full cream
– Frozen pizza
Too much alcohol can increase blood pressure drastically, so drinking less alcohol is recommended. Alcohol can also prevent blood pressure medications from working properly through drug interactions. In addition, alcoholic drinks are high in sugar and calories, which means that too much alcohol can lead to obesity and ultimately increase the risk of hypertension.