Lowering Blood Pressure Through Diet

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To lower blood pressure through diet, avoid refined carbohydrates that contribute to insulin resistance, identify food allergies that stress the system, and avoid salty foods. Eat a diet of natural, unprocessed foods to lower blood pressure with advice from a nutritionist and herbalist in this free video on nutrition.

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Hi I'm Charlotte Skiles, Nutrition Consultant and Clinical Herbalist with Eat in Peace Wellness Consulting located in Austin, Texas. And today's topic is, "How to lower your blood pressure through diet"? And once again, I'm not sure that this can be done directly. The thing to understand here is that, food affects you and then your blood pressure's affected. I really hope that make sense. But the ideas that there's no one food or one diet to take to lower your blood pressure, it's finding the foods that are appropriate for your body so that your body works well and can deal with life well and have a healthy, emotional expression and then you'll have a healthy blood pressure level. But there's a couple of things here to directly think about in terms of lowering your blood pressure with food that are very important and often overlooked. One is the role of insulin and its relationship to high blood pressure. We have a major problem in this country with the consumption of refine carbohydrates which result in too much insulin being secreted and then you have something called insulin resistance set in and then you potentially have diabetes. So the idea here is that excessive insulin in the system contributes to high blood pressure. So if you eat a diet that is not going to produce a lot of insulin, you will then have a healthy blood pressure level. What is that diet look like? It looks like our hunter and gather ancestors. So you eat like a cave man or cave woman and you eat lean meats that were grass fed and pastured and green vegetables from the ground and berries from the bushes and that's kind of the diet there; if you can't pick it, pock it, hunt it, milk it, whatever, if you can't find it in nature, it's not food and therefore won't be recognize by the body. And once again, these foods that cause all of these blood sugar regulation problems and have this excessive insulin in the system are man made for the most part. So that's phase one is insulin in blood pressure. The other thing is food allergies in blood pressure. Undiagnosed food allergies are rampant in my professional opinion. People don't have a solid understanding of how food feels and shows up in their bodies. Studies made that up to seventy five percent of the population has issues with either wheat or dairy or both for that matter. And so, food allergies cause the stress response in the body whether you realize it or not; some people are so familiar with living that way that they don't even know any difference. So removing these foods from your diet and re-introducing them, that's called the elimination diet can be a good way to figure out if that is indeed contributing to your high blood pressure. But that's a key point and then also, salt intake; if someone is salt sensitive. So in terms of how diet affects your blood pressure, you've got blood sugar regulation, you've got food allergies and you've got a possible salt sensitivity. But overall you eat foods that are healthy for you and then you'll be healthy with a healthy blood pressure regulation.


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