High blood pressure (medically known as hypertension) is the first risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Hypertension is an excessive rise in blood pressure in the arteries.

Although there are various factors that can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, there are also various ways to deal with it especially through what you eat.

One of the most important ways to deal with high blood pressure is by watching your diet. What you eat can lower your blood pressure. Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil and concentrate on eating more fruits, vegetables and nuts. Rather than red meat eat fish, chicken and ram meat. Cut back on salt, alcohol, sugar and saturated fat.

Instead of eating fries made from Irish potatoes eat sweet potatoes. They have much less effect on blood glucose levels and offer additional health benefits.

Coconut water is also an excellent way of lowering your blood pressure. It’s a good source of calcium and magnesium, which helps blood vessels to relax so that blood pressure decreases. Make sure you drink only pure coconut water and not the processed one.

You probably already know that several factors may predispose you to high blood pressure. But did you also know that you can control it by watching what you eat? Click To Tweet

Have you heard of black garlic? It can lower your blood pressure and it is also kinder on your breath as the smelly compounds have been converted into non- smelly yet stronger antioxidants. The normal garlic is also as powerful as the black garlic except that it can be socially challenging because of the smell.

Eating yogurt supplies calcium which has a blood pressure-lowering effect. Drinking hibiscus tea which we call ‘Sobo’ (or ‘Zobo’) has a diuretic action to flush away excess salt and fluid. Drinking hibiscus tea every day before breakfast can bring your high blood pressure down.

Eat right and live well.