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Support for Hypertension

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Support for Hypertension

What is Hypertension?

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition in which the blood vessels have constant raised pressure. Around 1/3 of adults in the UK have hypertension, usually recorded as 140/90mmHg or higher. If blood pressure is high, it puts extra pressure on your blood vessels, heart, and other organs, such as the kidneys, brain, and eyes.

How can my diet affect Hypertension?

One of the primary things that should be cut down is salt, also known as sodium chloride, to decrease blood pressure. Sodium in salt adds to high blood pressure, and it is present in all types of salt.

Another thing that contributes to high blood pressure is fat that we usually carry around our waist, which is why it is recommended to lose weight at a steady pace which generally helps keep it off.

The paramount way to keep the weight off and manage your food intake is by reducing calorie intake and monitoring what you ingest.

How can a nutritionist help with Hypertension?

1. Diet

Nutritionists usually recommend a standard healthy diet with fruits and vegetables, which naturally includes low salt intake. However, other recommendations can be low-fat dairy foods as a good source of calcium, wholegrain foods, and oily fish. A diet that is rich in essential minerals is highly recommended.

2. Lifestyle

Other than regulating what you ingest, some other changes can be made to prevent or lower high blood pressure, like losing weight, exercising regularly, cut down on alcohol and caffeine, and stop smoking. Aiming for a 30-minute walk or any other cardio exercise most days of the week can improve heart strength and lower blood pressure.

3. Condition management

What normally causes high blood pressure are a few factors which include family history or genetics, an unhealthy diet, or a sedentary lifestyle. Increasing our physical activity and changing our diet to support our hearts can be the most sustainable and manageable things we can do to help ourselves.

4. Progress reporting

Constant high blood pressure can increase the risk of several severe health conditions like heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and heart attacks; lowering blood pressure can lower the risk of developing these health conditions. Blood tests and periodical check-ups should be done and monitored for any improvement or changes in the results.

Nutritional Considerations for Hypertension

Aim for getting low-sodium foods and products at the supermarkets to cook healthy meals at home. To lower blood pressure, foods rich in magnesium, calcium, and potassium are of huge help, like bananas, dark leafy greens, oranges, potatoes, beans and legumes, nuts, and yoghurt.

However, following a healthy diet that fits your needs and preference can be challenging at first, but reducing processed foods and increasing fruits and vegetables can be a huge first step.

Author: Celine Tabche MSc, ANtr

Celine is a postgraduate researcher in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. She has a background in Biology from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and volunteered for the Red Cross throughout. Awarded a Master’s degree in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at University College London (UCL) and volunteered as a student representative throughout. She is certified as an Associate Nutritionist in the UK with over two years of clinical nutritional consultations. She is also a student member of the Royal Society for Public Health. She currently works with the WHO Collaborating Centre at Imperial College which helps WHO with multiple projects in Public Health education and evaluation of Health systems. She has been working on multiple reports and articles involving bariatric surgery and obesity, COVID-19, maternal mortality rates, the public health system, and many more. Celine has given multiple conferences about preventative medicine and nutrition. She has volunteered her free time over the past year for the NHS GoodSam responder to provide support to the vulnerable groups during the pandemic.

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What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows here stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

Sustainability

and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

Talk to your nutritionist about making more sustainable choices.

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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