In the 21st century, hypertension is considered as a global public health issue.
According to Coronary Artery Disease Index in Asian Indians (CADI), the number of people with hypertension is projected to increase from 118 million in 2000 to 214 million in 2025, with the ailment affecting both men and women. It's the most common lifestyle disease we come across today.
One of the major causes of hypertension is the change in lifestyle patterns, which have been fueled by excessive consumption of salt, processed foods, alcohol and tobacco. If it is not addressed at an early stage, it can lead to health problems such as stroke, kidney failure and even premature death at times.
About one in every five Indians suffers from hypertension, which is a major risk factor for the heart. It is important for people to take appropriate measures as soon as they witness the first signs of hypertension.
Dr V R Hariprasad, associate- research and development at The Himalaya Drug Company, shares five tips that can be adopted to keep hypertension at bay:
1) Keeping yourself healthy and fit: It's advised to keep yourself healthy and fit, as it cuts down the chances of you being affected by Hypertension. See to it that you work out at least 30 minutes a day since exercise helps the heart use oxygen more efficiently.
2) Reducing the intake of salt: Consuming a low sodium diet will help in controlling the blood pressure. It is advised to avoid adding extra salt to your meals. In case you want to add salt, opt for salt shakers which can control the quantity of the salt.
3) Consuming Ginger Regularly: Ginger is known for being rich in properties that control blood pressure, improves the blood circulation and relaxes the muscles surrounding the blood vessels. Consume ginger by adding it to soups, curries, appetizers or as an additive to tea.
4) Making Lasuna a part of your diet: Ayurveda texts and modern research backs thatLasuna, also known as garlic, has the ability to lower a person's cholesterol and control their blood pressure. It also plays a major role in preventing the hardening of blood vessels. Take garlic at least once a day in the form of a raw clove or as an ingredient in your diet and through Lasuna supplements available in the market
5) Have Adequate Portions of Dark Chocolate: A few chunks of dark chocolate everyday can help in controlling the blood pressure without adding too many calories. Hence it is advised to consume a cube or two regularly.
This World Hypertension Day, let us make a commitment to adopt a healthy lifestyle, consume a balanced diet, take scientifically proven supplements and fight the first signs of hypertension.
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