You can make a difference in your health when you grow foods in your garden that lower your risk of high blood pressure caused by stress. Hypertension (high blood pressure caused by stress and diet) is known as “the silent killer” and may lead to medical issues such as kidney, stroke and heart disease, among others.
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet recommends changing your diet to include foods high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium and to lower your consumption of alcohol, fat, and sodium.
If you love to garden – or want to try out your green thumb, you can add foods to the table that can play a big role in reducing your high blood pressure and lowering your risk for those dreaded medical problems.
Leafy greens are an easy-to-grow place to begin your gardening experience – or to add to your garden if you’re already practicing this life-altering activity. Leafy greens are rich in potassium and help counteract the effects of sodium in your diet.
Choose from greens like spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, turnips, and collard greens. The fresh taste from your garden is far better than canned (which often contains high levels of sodium) and provides a much better taste than frozen.
Berries are another great source of flavonoids, a natural compound that can help lower high blood pressure. Strawberries are often one of the first plants a beginning gardener attempts to grow.
They’re easy and quick to yield. You can easily freeze them and add to your cereal or grab a handful for a quick and healthy snack. Hypertension, caused by stress and anxiety, may be prevented by adding a variety of berries to your garden – and your diet plan.
Potatoes are another easy-to-grow superfood that you can easily add to your garden space (or grow in raised beds and containers). They contain the valuable minerals, magnesium, and potassium, which can greatly help to lower your blood pressure naturally.
Fiber is another reason to grow potatos. Getting enough fiber in your diet helps create a healthy immune system, which can reduce your risk of depression and other maladies caused by too much stress in your life.
Rather than add butter, salt and sour cream to your fresh potatoes, try other low-calorie and low-fat options such as salsa and plain yogurt. Potatoes are a go-to comfort food when you need a filling and tasty meal, but without the calories and sugar that can raise your blood pressure.
Beets are also easy to grow and are delicious straight from the garden. Plus, you can eat the entire plant. The root of the beet can be a delicious addition to soups and stews or you can roast and grill them.
Valuable nitrates present in beets can help you lower your blood pressure within 24 hours of consumption. They’re great for your overall health and mental well-being, too.
Try growing these and other amazing superfoods in your garden and add them to your diet plan to lower blood pressure and to counteract the effects of stress and anxiety.