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High Blood Pressure: Why It May Be Safe To Have Homemade Papads And Pickles, As Explained By A Nutritionist

High blood pressure: Hypertensive patients can have homemade pickles as they have just the right strain of live bacteria, which can play a role in lowering blood pressure, says nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal.

High Blood Pressure: Why It May Be Safe To Have Homemade Papads And Pickles, As Explained By A Nutritionist

High blood pressure can be controlled by following a holistic exercise routine

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. People with high blood pressure should have black salt or rock salt
  2. They should avoid having processed or packaged food
  3. Sleeping well is important for high blood pressure patients

Managing high blood pressure is a job of a lifetime. Of course, the way you approach it can determine if you really think of it like a job or as a lifestyle which actually helps you be fit, healthy and disease-free. Avoiding drinking alcohol and managing salt intake are a few of the many things that people with hypertension need to take care of on a daily basis. Celebrity nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal recently took to Instagram to share 5 tips that can help you control blood pressure and stay healthy.

High blood pressure: Know the tips from expert


Here are a few tips that can help you manage blood pressure sustainably

1. Eat the right kind of salt

Ganeriwal says that you need to eat unrefined salt variants like the Himalayan pink salt, black salt or rock salt. "These salts offer an excellent balance of sodium and potassium," she says. Iodised salt, on the other hand, provides only sodium and no potassium.

Also read: Does Eating Less Salt Mean Low Blood Pressure? Expert Reveals The Truth

2. Say no to processed and packaged food

Not only are they high in preservatives and adulterants, they also reduce your body's ability to absorb nutrients. "These foods affect the sodium to potassium ratio and the water balance, which in turn has a negative effective on blood pressure," informs Ganeriwal.

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People with high blood pressure should avoid having processed and packaged foods
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3. You can eat pickles and papads

Now this may come as a surprise for all of you who have been struggling to manage blood pressure at home. What is a given here, is of course, that thee pickles and papads should be homemade. Hypertensive patients can have homemade pickles as they have just the right strain of live bacteria, which can play a role in lowering blood pressure, says Ganeriwal.

Homemade papad too, comes with its own set of health benefits. They are made with protein-rich lentils and spices like black pepper and cumin. "The spices add a therapeutic quality to the papads," the nutritionist adds.

Also read: Are Pickles Bad For Heart Health? Here's What You Should Know

4. Make sure you sleep well

Restful sleep of six to eight hours is important for people with high blood pressure as well as everyone else. Make sure you sleep and wake up on the same time every day.

5. Follow a holistic exercise routine

Beginners can definitely begin with walking to increase their physical activity and manage their blood pressure. But eventually, your exercise routine needs to be more holistic, including cardio, strength training and yoga. Having a holistic exercise routine is an effective way to manage blood pressure and prevent the need of medicines for it, says Ganeriwal.

Also read: How To Stay Fit At Home? Try These 5 Basic Exercises

(Munmun Ganeriwal is a nutritionist, Fitness Expert and Certified Yoga Teacher)


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