Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is a condition that causes blood to flow through your arteries at a higher than normal pressure rate. It can damage your arteries and lead to stroke and heart disease.
Though it's a common health ailment in most adults, the condition can often go undetected for years. According to the Canadian Hypertension Society, high blood pressure is one of the leading health concerns in Canada. Nine out of 10 Canadians will develop hypertension unless they maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The good news is hypertension can be easily treated with daily medication as prescribed by your doctor, and with lifestyle changes that include exercise and less stress.
However, there is a more natural route to control this condition, and it starts with changing your diet. Ara Wiseman, a Toronto-based holistic nutritionist says the key to dealing with hypertension is to focus on eating foods that are rich in fibre and potassium, and low in saturated fats.
Here are 10 foods to help fight hypertension and keep you eating well every day.
1. Whole grain foods (like oatmeal)
Wiseman suggests whole grains that are high in potassium such as buckwheat and millet.