admin - November 16, 2011
Now I certainly wouldn’t throw out my blood pressure medication and stop exercising based on this information, but I would definitely add both to my daily regimen…
Music and Humor
As reported by Care2.com, a study in Japan found that those people who listened to their favorite music, upbeat music or humor had a lower systolic blood pressure (top number) after three months than those who didn’t listen to music or increase their laugher.
This says a lot about how taking time to relax and enjoy yourself can really benefit your health!
Then, a HealthDay article on USNews.com reported that cardiologists believe kiwis should definitely be part of your daily allowance of five fruits and vegetables. This is after a study showed kiwis lowered blood pressure even better than apples when tested on individuals with high blood pressure who changed nothing about their diet but the fruit intake.
While kiwis are rich in the antioxidant lutein, it should not be considered a wonder fruit, as the experts mentioned in the article caution. The definite takeaway message, though, is that, “When we say ‘eat more fresh fruit,’ we stick to the tried-and-true or anything that is handheld and peeled, but these findings suggest that a kiwi can be part of a heart-healthy diet,” Dr. Nehal Mehta, a preventive cardiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia says.
So, for those with high blood pressure, remember get a blood pressure screening regularly. Then, listen to your favorite music and/or comedian daily and add some kiwi to your diet, and you could very well begin to see lower blood pressure numbers!
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