Lower Cholesterol And Regulate High Blood Pressure with this Healing Cucumber & Garlic Salad

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Over 70 million adults in the United States alone suffer from high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is when your blood pressure (the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels), is consistently too high (1). It is also the most important risk factor for stroke and heart disease.

High blood pressure essentially increases the workload of the heart and blood vessels, making them work harder and less efficiently. The friction of the high blood pressure damages the delicate tissues inside the arteries, and this allows for LDL (bad) cholesterol to form plaques along the tiny tears of the artery walls (this is how atherosclerosis starts).

Stress, poor diet, and physical inactivity can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Reduce sodium intake, minimize meat consumption, devise ways to reduce stress in your life, and get out for a walk at least once a day.

Pressure-Regulating Foods

There are also foods that help with regulating blood pressure. Cucumbers contain adequate amounts of potassium, which can help balance sodium levels in your cells (a major cause of high blood pressure).

Cucumbers are also a relatively good source of fibre, which in itself can provide significant reductions in blood pressure levels and cholesterol (2). Fibre also helps with preventing type 2 diabetes and boosts weight loss.

Garlic is another miracle worker in terms of the blood and heart. Some reports have been made that the anti-hypertensive effect of garlic was equal if not more powerful than that seen with anti-hypertensive drugs.

A study at the Brown University School of Medicine revealed that men with high cholesterol levels can lower this blood pressure and reduce cholesterol simply by supplementing with aged garlic extract.

Garlic helps stimulate intracellular nitric oxide (NO) levels, which helps out body control vascular tone and regulates blood pressure (3).

Ingredients:

– 1 long english cucumber
– 2 cloves garlic, crushed
– 1/4 of a small onion
– 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 tsp. maple syrup or sweetener of choice
– optional: a little bit of dill

Method:

1. Thinly slice the cucumber and put into a bowl.
2. Add the crushed garlic, and then add some thinly sliced onion.
3. Add in apple cider vinegar, sweetener and a little bit of dill if you please. Enjoy!

     
Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Comcommer is also important for adrenaline grand, do you have more suggestions to support my adrenaline? it causes me insulin resistance and the drugs and management make it worse, meat stresses the adrenalin, fruits is a no no for sugar but needed for the adrenalin and my GP doesnot know how to treat it.

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