BP issues more common even among youth: 5 foods you must avoid to keep your heart healthy  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- Our diet has a direct impact on our heart and other vital organs
- Foods rich in salt can lead to high BP, which can damage the heart
- Here are 5 foods you must avoid if you are trying to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range
New Delhi: The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body. The heart performs the function of pumping blood to all parts of the body. The circulatory system is made of the heart, blood vessels, arteries, and veins. One common term that we hear very often in relation to the heart is Blood Pressure. Blood pressure, as the name suggests, is the pressure that the heart has to assert on the blood to circulate it to other parts of the body.
Under normal circumstances, blood pressure remains in a healthy range. However, many factors, including our diet can affect blood pressure and cause it to increase, due to thick artery walls or other reasons. While high blood pressure has mostly been associated with elderly people, as stress and poor diet among young people gain momentum, people in their 20s are also experiencing hypertension issues.
5 foods to avoid if you are suffering from blood pressure issues
Salt – Almost anyone who has had blood pressure issues or knows someone who has, is definitely aware that consumption of salt should be avoided when you have hypertension issues. According to Bloodpressureuk.org, eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and wrecks the delicate balance, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove the water. The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.
Processed food and meat – Processed food, including meat, contains a lot of sodium, which as mentioned above, can lead to a rise in blood pressure. If you are facing blood pressure issues, it is extremely important to cut down on the consumption of processed and junk food that may be extremely rich in sodium.
Canned food – Canned food is convenient and we all know it, but canned food can be extremely high on salt, as it helps to preserve the food for longer, increasing their shelf life. While it may be okay to consume canned food once in a while, you must refrain from making it a regular part of your diet.
Sugar – While it is the opposite of salt, sugar can also increase your risk of blood pressure as it adds to obesity, weight gain, and imbalances in the body. According to the American Heart Association, men and women should limit their sugar intake at 9 and 6 teaspoons respectively, for a healthy heart.
Alcohol – Alcohol is known to directly affect the liver, but very few people know that it can play a role in increasing your blood pressure as well. Studies have associated binge and regular drinking with hypertension and poor heart health. While certain drinks like red wine, consumed in moderation, are linked with better heart health, it is important to know where to draw the line.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.