- A salt-free diet is essential for lowering blood pressure. Eliminate all salt from your diet. Read all labels carefully and avoid those food products that have “soda, sodium, or the symbol Na.” Some foods and food additives that should be avoided on a low-salt diet include monosodium glutamate, baking soda, canned vegetables, commercially prepared foods, drugs containing Ibuprofen such as Advil and Nuprin, diet soft drinks, foods with mold inhibitors, preservatives, and most sugar substitutes, meat tenderizers, softened water, and soy sauce. These products can cause the cells to swell and interfere with the effectiveness of diuretics used in the treatment of hypertension.
- A high fiber diet and supplemental fiber are recommended. Oat bran is a good source of fiber. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as apples, asparagus, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, eggplant, garlic, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, melons, peas, prunes, raisins, squash, and sweet potatoes. The following juices are healthful: beet, carrot, celery, currant, cranberry, citrus fruit, parsley, spinach, and watermelon. Include seeded foods like brown rice, buckwheat, millet, and oats.
- Avoid foods such as aged cheeses, aged meats, anchovies, avocados, chick liver, chocolate, fava beans, pickled herring, sour cream, sherry and wine, and yogurt. Bacon, corned beef, pork, sausage, and smoked or processed meats are prohibited. Eat only white fish and skinless turkey or chicken. The diet must be low in fats; avoid all animal fats, gravies, and bouillon.
- Keep your weight down. Regular, moderate exercise is important to maintain proper circulation. Do no overexert yourself in hot or humid weather. Avoid excessive exercising or emotional stress.
- Do not take phenylalanine (found in NutraSweet) or L-tyrosine.
- Take 2 tablespoons of Flax Seed Oil daily
- A periodic cleansing fast can help detoxify the body. Fast 3-5 days each month.
- Drink steam-distilled water only.
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