Back in the 1990s, the pop starlets in The Spice Girls provided lots of good exercise advice, such as “slam your body down, and wind it all around,” but keeping their advice in mind is also good if you “Wannabe” a good manager of your blood pressure. (Sorry about the pun.)
A diet heavy in salt ramps up your risk of high blood pressure, making you more likely to face heart attacks or strokes.
Adding spices to your food instead is a really good idea, according to a study in the December 2017 issue of the medical journal Hypertension. http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/70/6/1291
In the study, a group of Chinese researchers determined that people who have a taste for spicy foods such as chili peppers eat less salt and have lower blood pressure than people who prefer milder munchies.
Talk to your doctor first, because there are not any spices that high blood pressure specialists regularly recommend. Here are a few options, according to Healthline.com. https://www.healthline.com/health/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/herbs-to-lower
It might be helpful (and fun) to think some of them as Spice Girls.
Cinnamon (Baby Spice) – One study showed cinnamon lowering sudden-onset and prolonged high blood pressure.
Cardamom (Posh Spice) - A small study showed decreases in blood pressure after taking 1.5 grams of cardamom powder twice a day for 12 weeks.
Garlic (Scary Spice)- This one might lower your blood pressure by increasing the nitric oxide in your body, which can cause your blood vessels to relax, which lets blood flow more freely.
Flax Seed (Sporty Spice). Flax seed is rich in omega-3s, and is an antioxidant. It may reduce serum cholesterol and improve glucose tolerance.
Ginger (also Ginger Spice.) Ginger has been shown in studies to improve blood circulation and relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels.
So add a few spices to your meals while you’re trying to get Spice Girls songs unstuck from your heads. #YStrongBham #BloodPressureManagement
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