A healthy alkaline diet not only relieves the organism but also provides it with a variety of valuable nutrients and vital substances. It also counteracts hyperacidity and supports the rapid elimination of various waste products.
Food with Blood Pressure Lowering Properties for Macular Degeneration
Among those foods that are said to have a specific blood pressure lowering effect are:
The Importance of Potassium in a Healthy Diet for Macular Degeneration
In addition, a diet rich in alkaline foods is also rich in potassium, a mineral which, as the counterpart of the “bad” sodium (see below under “Less salt lowers high blood pressure”), has a particularly beneficial effect on blood pressure.
In excess, however, potassium – as we saw above in the chapter on blood pressure medication – is again unfavourable. However, an excess of potassium cannot be achieved with diet alone, but only with medication. The diet should therefore clearly be rich in potassium.
For those who eat a low-potassium diet – and the usual diet is very low in potassium – have an increased risk of high blood pressure and strokes. The daily requirement is at least 3.5 grams of potassium per day, an amount that many people fail to reach, which is not surprising, because the foods richest in potassium are often eaten poorly:
- Legumes such as soy, beans, lentils, peas
- Vegetables such as parsnips, fennel, potatoes, celery, cabbage, parsley
- Fruits, e.g. bananas, papayas, dates
- Dried fruits, e.g. dried apricots, dates, figs, sultanas
- Nuts such as walnuts
Freshly Squeezed Juices Against High Blood Pressure and Macular Degeneration
The high nitrate content in beetroot, as well as in some other vegetables such as white cabbage, spinach and fennel, makes them effective blood pressure reducers.
While nitrate in food used to be considered fundamentally harmful, it is now known that it is broken down into nitric oxide (NO) in the body by means of special enzymes. And it is precisely this property that is currently being used for therapeutic purposes.
NO is a substance produced naturally in the body, including in the blood vessel walls. On the one hand, NO has an anti-inflammatory effect and on the other hand, it relaxes the vascular muscles, including those of the blood vessel walls, so that they dilate. NO thus contributes to lowering blood pressure.
Queen Mary University Study Confirms the Blood Pressure-Lowering Effect of Beetroot Juice
A study in this regard was conducted at Queen Mary University in London. 15 probands, who were not on medication despite systolic blood pressure values of 140 to 159 mmHg, took part in the study.
The result was impressive: drinking a quarter of a litre of beetroot juice every day alone lowered the systolic blood pressure by 12 mmHg and also significantly reduced the diastolic value.
This effect was greatest three to six hours after drinking the juice and lasted for more than 24 hours. Other juices have also been shown to be effective. For example, half a litre of freshly squeezed carrot juice daily could also lower blood pressure and support the eyes.
In the same way, pomegranate juice is an excellent remedy for high blood pressure.
Your Personal Programme for Natural Blood Pressure Reduction
Now, how do you go about using all this information to lower your blood pressure naturally? Of course, you cannot implement all the measures at the same time.
It also depends very much on how high your blood pressure is, how old you are and how you are feeling apart from the high blood pressure. (Are there other illnesses? Is your body constitution rather strong or rather weak?)
Therefore, please consider the following programme suggestion only as a suggestion that you can use to put together your own individually tailored anti-hypertension programme – gladly together with your holistically oriented therapist.
- Have your doctor check your kidney and uric acid levels – which he or she will certainly do in any case.
- Also have your homocysteine levels checked and supplement with folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 if necessary.
- Change your diet to an alkaline-rich diet.
- If you want a treat, choose dark chocolate (cocoa content as high as 80 per cent).
- Eat nine walnuts a day and take 1 tsp walnut oil (or more – gladly also in combination with hemp oil or olive oil) for your salad.
- It is better to prepare most of your meals yourself, avoid ready-to-eat meals and eat out less often.
- Reduce your salt consumption and fill your salt shaker with herbal salt, a blend of herbs or a salt for hypertension patients.
- Avoid sugar, alcohol and nicotine and reduce your caffeine intake.
- Drink juices daily (preferably freshly squeezed), e.g. ¼ litre beetroot juice, ¼ litre carrot juice and ¼ litre pomegranate juice. Dilute the juices with water.
- Drink approx. 1.5 litres of water (mineral water or filtered tap water) and ¼ litre of nettle tea daily. The amount of water given already includes the amount with which you dilute your juices.
- Make sure you exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes each time, preferably every day.
These measures alone will help you to reduce any excess weight.
Furthermore, I recommend that you:
- Practice a relaxation method.
- If you are a woman who has been taking the pill so far, stop taking it on a trial basis to see if the pill is involved in the development of your high blood pressure.
- Optimise your magnesium supply and take a high-quality magnesium supplement (at least 300 – 400 mg per day).
- Increase your antioxidant intake, e.g. with astaxanthin, saffron, OPC, aronia juice, etc.
- Take vitamin D3 (3,000 IU) daily – best combined with vitamin K2 and calcium (Sango sea coral).
- Take krill oil, vegan omega-3 capsules or the DHA algae oil daily.
Conclusion on a Healthy Diet for Macular Degeneration and High Blood Pressure
So there are numerous ways to significantly reduce high blood pressure in a natural way. You only need to become active – and you can already be curious about what else will change in your health situation through the implementation of holistic measures.
Because holistic measures never have an effect on one aspect alone (high blood pressure), but always on the entire body.