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Teaching Clients Blood Pressure Basics

Healthy blood pressure (BP) is anything below 120/80. Clients whose BP hits above that mark should be carefully managed so that they do not overexert their bodies or create any health hazard such as pulmonary hypertension (high BP in the heart-to-lungs circulation loop). And any client who reaches 180 active or 110 resting BP should see a doctor immediately.

But aside from monitoring clients, particularly ones at risk, such as the elderly or overweight, what more can be done to improve overall client BP? Maintaining healthy levels begins at the plate. Not everyone has the willpower to remove harmful foods from the diet, so it’s oftentimes easier to suggest an addition, instead.

 

The following are easy-to-find foods that’ll help bring any client’s BP down or keep it maintained for years to come:

 

  • Bananas – Sodium raises BP, and bananas naturally counter high sodium with potassium. Potassium has other helpful qualities, too. Considering that a medium banana accounts for 12% of your daily potassium need, it’s an easy dietary addition! Cut one up and add your breakfast cereal, eat it for a snack, or incorporate it into a healthy dessert!
  • Beans – Like bananas, beans are high in potassium. But they also have stores of fiber and magnesium. All three lower BP. In fact, a recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal saw a BP drop in subjects with only a one cup serving of beans each day.
  • Cocoa Powder – Cocoa flavanols have been studied recently to improve blood vessel function and therefore reduce BP. Unfortunately, while cocoa powder sources like dark chocolate can be very beneficial, it should only be taken in small doses as it’s also high in calories.
  • Potato – Potatoes are also rich in potassium and magnesium, and a medium white, sweet, or purple potato is a mere 160 calories. Toppings should be avoided. Though they are beneficial, a potato should only be eaten 3-4 times in a week.
  • Lowfat Milk or Yogurt – According to a study in the Hypertension journal, people who consumed lowfat dairy each day had an 11% decreased risk of high BP as opposed to those who didn’t consume any. Note: For those who can’t consume dairy, suggest soy or almond milk as an alternative.

 

If your clinic helps build dietary plans, be sure to include a few of these food options to improve the blood pressures of your clients. Or, if your company has manufactured a supplement for BP reduction, consider tossing in a pamphlet or helpful information guide to new customers!
To enhance your product or offer more to your clients, consider InterHealth’s Sytrinol®, a natural ingredient that supports healthy blood lipid levels and cholesterol. For more information, call InterHealth at 1-800-783-4636.

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