The Dangers of High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure

 

High Blood Pressure:

High Blood Pressure

It is a common myth that if your family has high blood pressure, you will inevitably have high blood pressure. This is simply not true; while high blood pressure (hypertension) is a very serious matter, it can be easily controlled. Lets start by pointing out some of the dangers of hypertension.

 

Damage to your arteries:

If you have high blood pressure, your arteries are at risk. Because of the higher pressure of the blood flowing through your arteries, they are at risk of the inner lining of your arteries being damaged. With the damage of the inner lining, there is a narrowing of your arteries. Also you are at risk of an aneurysm; a potentially deadly rupture of your artery causing internal bleeding.

 

Damage to your heart:

Over time, hypertension can cause some serious havoc on your heart, eventually leading to heart failure.

 

Damage to your brain:

Your brain is at serious risk with high blood pressure due to the narrowing of blood vessels leading up to your brain. With this narrowing, and loss of blood flow, you are susceptible to mini-strokes and strokes. Also in relation to the strokes you are also at risk for dementia.

 

Looking at some of the risks of high blood pressure isn’t the most pleasant pass time but controlling it can be. Look at some of the following foods and recipes for good changes in your diet to prevent high blood pressure.

 

Foods that lower blood pressure:

  • Skim Milk
  • Spinach
  • Beans (black, lima, pinto, kidney, just to name a few)
  • Bananas
  • Soy Beans

Honey Crusted Chicken:Chicken Helps Prevent High Blood Pressure

Serves 2

 

Ingredients
8 saltine crackers, each about 2 inches square
1 teaspoon paprika
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each 4 ounces
4 teaspoons honey

 

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray.

Crush the crackers on a cutting board, using the back of a knife. Place crackers in a small bowl and add paprika. Stir to mix well.

In a separate bowl, add the chicken and honey. Toss to coat evenly. Add the cracker mixture. Mix and press the chicken into the cracker mixture until it’s evenly coated on both sides.

Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 20 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.