- About Us
- HCP Resources
- My Account
By Nicki Di Gravina, Registered Holistic Nutritionist | April 2023
Life and the pressures of today can influence your choices and daily habits. Coping with and reacting to stress in unhealthy ways can impact your overall health and put you at risk for high blood pressure. In Canada, about 1 in 5 adults, seven and half million people live with hypertension1. Blood pressure is a measure of the force of blood flowing through our blood vessels, and high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can put a strain on our heart, leading to potential health problems down the road. High blood pressure develops due to several factors as do most chronic diseases. It can run in the family but it also is dependent on lifestyle and nutritional factors such as stress, not being physically active, tobacco use, too much alcohol and an unhealthy diet. The good news is that there are a variety of ways to manage blood pressure, and most of these risk factors are within your control. Preventative nutritional strategies like consuming nutrient dense supportive foods, as well as preventative lifestyle strategies are effective measures that can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, thus helping improve your overall cardiovascular health.
If you notice that being under stress may be causing you to experience an increase in blood pressure, and/or if you’re reaching for tobacco in times of stress more often than not, then it’s time to consider integrating key preventative lifestyle measures into your everyday life such as:
One of the best natural ways to help lower blood pressure is through an improved diet. Some foods can contribute to high blood pressure.
Foods and beverages to avoid:
Consuming a diet rich in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds is an effective way to help reduce high blood pressure. The Mediterranean and DASH Diet, as well as other essential nutrients to enjoy, can help manage high blood pressure.
Diet plans and foods to enjoy:
What we consume is a key factor in our heart health and it’s worth prioritizing this day to day. Eating a well-balanced diet on a regular basis will not only support blood pressure health but can also help improve overall health and wellbeing.
Improving digestion, addressing dysbiosis and gut imbalances by supporting your gut microbiome with a nutrient rich diet is another aspect of nutritional prevention. This is because poor gut health can contribute to inflammation and potentially impact blood pressure levels.
Another natural way to support your blood pressure health is with bioactive marine peptides. A therapeutic dose of 1200 mg of unique bioactive marine peptides derived from cold-water shrimp shells (Pandalus borealis) has been clinically proven to help maintain a healthy blood pressure*. Additional supportive supplements that may help promote healthy blood pressure levels are Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin D. Always consult your primary health care provider before making any changes to your lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation or blood pressure management plan.
Preventative nutrition, dietary and lifestyle habits are all important factors to maintaining healthy blood pressure. Focusing on what’s in your control by integrating various preventative lifestyle and nutritional strategies. Take steps to avoid tobacco, exercising, and improve sleep hygiene. Also avoid foods that put you at higher risk to develop high blood pressure and enjoy a healthy whole food diet. Include these preventative strategies daily to take advantage of the positive effect this will have on your blood pressure, thus improving your overall cardiovascular health.
*International Journal or Hypertension, Article 2345042.
Nicki Di Gravina is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is also an Ayurveda practitioner and Art therapist. You can learn more at feedforlove.com and on social media under her handle @feedforlove.
Always consult with your health care provider before making changes to your blood pressure management plan. PreCardix® does not treat, cure or prevent medical conditions. Measure and monitor blood pressure regularly. Know the signs of heart attack and stroke. Do not take PreCardix® if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have renal artery stenosis, history of angioneurotic edema or shellfish allergy.
Mayo Clinic, 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication