Winter comes as a saviour to provide relief from the balmy summer, but it also brings its own set of health problems. It's not just the risk of cold, sore throat and cough that hangs over us, the cold season also gives rise to other health issues like hypertension. It's natural to dive into a sedentary lifestyle in this weather. We feel hungrier and end up consuming more sodium, and overconsumption of sodium may lead to constricted arteries. Also, the drop in temperature restricts blood flow in the body to maintain body temperature and generate heat, causing increased blood pressure levels. This is where a healthy diet plays its role in managing blood pressure.
Which foods are best for high blood pressure?
Eating a balanced diet is important for people dealing with high blood pressure. And the ideal foods to fill the diet are seasonal winter foods. We have picked the best winter foods you must add to your diet.
Here are 5 winter foods to add to your hypertension diet:
Radish (or mooli) is high in the potassium content, which helps regulate blood pressure levels. From mooli ka paratha to mooli ki bhurji, there are many dishes you can make with vegetables. Click here to find some of the best radish recipes for winter.
Carrot too is rich in potassium which helps ease tension in the blood vessels and arteries. The further helps in lowering raised blood pressure levels. Here are some carrot recipes you can choose healthy options from.
Methi (fenugreek leaves) are high in soluble fibre and low in sodium content. This feature helps keep cholesterol levels in control and manage hypertension. Here are some delicious methi recipes you can try.
Spinach is a winter superfood with high content of potassium, magnesium and lutein, which prevents the thickening of artery walls and reduces the risk of heart issues. This helps keep hypertension at bay.
Beetroots add some colour to the green spread of winter produce and impart various health benefits. The vegetable is rich in B vitamins and antioxidants that help maintain blood pressure levels. Make salads, soups and more with beetroot this winter. Check these recipes.
Many people, including youngsters, are struggling with hypertension these days. But a good diet with nutrient-rich seasonal foods can help a lot.
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