Dietary Ways to Avoid Hypertension

Eating a low-soidum diet can significantly reduce high blood pressure

Hypertension, the medical term used for high blood pressure, occurs when there is too much pressure in the blood vessels. While high blood pressure generally doesn’t come with any symptoms, you may experience some symptoms such as headache, fatigue, chest pain, difficulty breathing and irregular heartbeat if your blood pressure level is dangerously high.

While what causes hypertension isn’t exactly known, there are many contributing factors that can lead to high blood pressure — including being overweight, lack of physical activity, and smoking. As such, there are certain lifestyle changes that Dr. Ali Ghahary, a family physician in Vancouver, recommends making. Today, we’re going to take a look at diet.

Eating healthy is something we should all strive to do. It’s common knowledge that when you eat better, you feel better — and when you feel better, you’re happier. In order to keep your blood pressure levels where they should be and to avoid hypertension all together, you should keep a diet that is low in sodium and instead choose foods that are rich in things like calcium, potassium and magnesium. This is known as the DASH diet — also known as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Because the DASH diet also implements things like eating more fruits and vegetables, it also had many secondary health benefits, such as weight loss, as well as reducing the risk of other common diseases and improving the body’s overall function.

In order to determine whether or not your blood pressure levels are where they should be, ask your family doctor to check your blood pressure at your next appointment. If you do not have a family doctor, Dr. Ali Ghahary is available to see walk-in patients at Brentwood Medical Clinic every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons. You can find his walk-in schedule by visiting his website at http://alighaharyvancouver.ca.

Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca