Your diet plays an important role in blood pressure regulation. While most of us know we should limit our sodium intake, we should also eat foods rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. Eating a wide-ranging diet filled with fruits and vegetables can also help lower blood pressure by providing fiber, nitrates, and unique plant nutrients.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recommends that healthy adults limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg a day—the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt. Too much salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart disease. For our heart patients, however, we like to set an even lower intake of less than 2,000 mg of sodium a day. Here are some tips for cutting the sodium from your diet and making smart food choices for a healthy heart and lifestyle.
Busy cooks rely on the microwave to cook many kinds of foods. For a quick and healthy side dish, microwave fresh spears of asparagus in just minutes. Cook asparagus until it's crisp tender and tasty; overcooking will make it soggy.