The Big BP Crusade
Sunday, March 07, 2021
Sneaky, silent...High Blood Pressure creeps on you...and I wasn't expecting it.
'Anything I can do naturally?' I ask.
'Well, there are some lifestyle changes, but...' replies my GP, looking quizzically at me over her glasses.
'No-one tends to stick to them.' She reaches for the prescription pad but also hands me a glossy leaflet.
I want to make it clear that my GP is the medical expert and I will follow her advice. However I'm Captain Tenacious, when it comes to reading about things, so the following weapons are being included in my personal armory for March, April and beyond. In no particular order...
Exercise: 30-40 mins or 4 lots of 10 mins moderate cardio x 5 days a week
Meditate/Yoga/ Tai Chi/ Relaxing music: 10-15 mins every day
Sleep: Aim for 7-8 hrs
Weight: Drop 5 lbs
Reduce salt; Add Potassium (banana; avocado; leafy greens; sweet potato; pulses. Read up on the DASH eating plan.
Reduce caffeine intake. I cup a.m. then decaff; herb teas. No diet cola... repeat... no diet....
Add Oats; garlic; beet juice; hibiscus tea; Omega 3s; CoQ10
And here's the good bit.... 2 squares (Hey, a whole bar is a rectangle!) of good quality 72-90% cacao dark chocolate EVERY DAY.