Foods To Fight High Blood Pressure

It’s every truck driver’s nightmare — having to turn in the keys to your truck because your blood pressure is too high for you to be re-certified.

While many cases of high blood pressure require a doctor’s care and medication, there are foods that you can eat that will help to lower high blood pressure naturally — which might just be the thing that keeps you behind the wheel.

  1. Low fat milk. The calcium and vitamin D in milk work together to lower blood pressure. Just be sure to skip the whole milk and choose skim or 1%.
  2. Berries. While they might be a challenge to find out on the road, the health benefits are worth it. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries all contain anthocyanin, which help to fight high blood pressure.
  3. Potatoes. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes can be a healthy food if prepared correctly. Potatoes are a good source of potassium and magnesium — minerals that can help keep blood pressure low. Just remember to skip the salt since high sodium intake is linked to high blood pressure.
  4. Sunflower seeds. This easy to find truck stop treat also contains good amounts of healthy magnesium. Look for unsalted varieties.
  5. Beans. Your co-driver might not be thrilled with your choice, but your blood pressure will thank you. All types of beans are full of high blood pressure fighting fiber, magnesium, and potassium.
  6. Bananas. These fruits are easy to find a truck stops, easy to eat on the go, and full of potassium, making them an ideal choice for truckers who want to reduce their blood pressure.
  7. Lean pork. Surprised? While bacon isn’t a good option for reducing blood pressure, lean cuts like pork loin are a good way to get more magnesium and potassium in your diet.

Sources:
Prevention
AARP
Joy Bauer