Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lowering Blood Pressure with Fish

Along with obesity, it seems that high blood pressure is epidemic. What’s amazing to me is that you don’t have to be overweight to have HBP. For that reason, many people assume they are safe from this disease and unknowingly increase their risk of stroke and death. For the most part, HBP doesn’t really carry any significant symptoms, which is why it has earned its moniker, “The silent killer.”

So, what to do? Well, check your blood pressure regularly, especially if you are over the age of forty. Then, set an appointment to see doctor if you see a trend where your BP numbers are higher than 120/80. Your physician can help sort through the many medications that can help in maintaining your blood pressure. However, my preferred treatment is prevention thorough exercise and diet.

It doesn’t have to be complicated either. A daily walk and some minor adjustments like adding cleaner foods to your diet may be all you need. Take cold-water fish for example. Cold water fish are rich in omega-3 fats that help reduce vascular inflammation. Research proves omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Aside from the health benefits, there are many quick, tasty dishes you can prepare and a variety of omega-3 rich fish that you can choose from. Some of the best sources are salmon, tuna, mackerel, cod, trout, halibut, herring, and sardines.

Here’s how it works 
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body can't produce on its own. They need to be consumed. Once in your system, omega-3s act as a natural blood thinner, which makes it easier for your heart to pump blood throughout your body. As a result, you blood is less viscous (thick) which may help reduce the chances of forming clots in your veins and arteries.

Here’s how much you need
FDA and the EPA guidelines recommend two six-ounce servings of cold-water fish per week. But, if you bruise easily, have a bleeding disorder, or are already taking blood-thinning medications, be sure to talk with your doctor about any potential complications that may arize from this dietary change.

High blood pressure isn’t a death sentence. It’s a warning. You can effectively improve your numbers and reduce the risk of disease. Take heed to what your body is telling you and make little changes, like the one mentioned above, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier heart.

As always – Enjoy Your Life,

John Aaron Villarreal


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