Hypertension & Nutrition

The foods you eat can affect your blood pressure, in both good ways and bad.

What is high blood pressure?

Our blood is extremely important to our lives and the smooth circulation of its flow around our body keeps us healthy. However, the force that our circulating blood exerts on our blood vessel walls can become high creating hypertension and contributes to other cardiovascular events that can threaten our good health.

What is diet & nutrition’s role in blood pressure?

  • Some foods increase blood pressure.
  • Some foods lower blood pressure.
  • Changes in body weight can increase blood pressure (with weight gain) or reduce blood pressure (with weight loss)
  • Medications can also affect blood pressure, dietary support to reduce the amount of medications required may help to reduce blood pressure levels.

Symptoms of hypertension

A lot of people who have high blood pressure or hypertension do not suffer from any symptoms. It is important to regularly have your blood pressure assessed by a health professional such as a Nutritionist, GP, Pharmacist or Nurse. You can even run regular blood pressure tests yourself at home by purchasing a blood pressure monitor, however, you may need some assistance in interpreting the results.

People who do show symptoms may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nose bleeds
  • Blurred vision
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain (see medical advice immediately)
  • Stroke (see medical advice immediately)

Nutritionist Danielle can work with you to develop a plan that suits your lifestyle and is directed at the reduction of blood pressure and its associated conditions or symptoms.

Because we are all unique, some foods may cause one person’s blood pressure to rise but not cause the same effect in another person. Therefore, it is important to formulate dietary changes that are specific to your body. Sometimes small changes make all the difference, it is important to know and understand which changes have the most profound effect- CALL NOW