Who would have thunk it?
New studies are coming to light showing that a low-carb diet is key to lowering blood pressure - of course you combine it with a healthy diet full of lean proteins, fruit, veggies, good fats, not too much salt and nix the junky & processed foods. Exercise, reduce stress, bla bla.
But low carb is the key.
At least, it's kinda working for me...
I've been averaging 140/95 the past few years, my parents are both on BP meds and my doctor said it was only a matter of time before I have to take them, too. Ugh. I'm too young for that!
My annual doctor's appointment is next month so I have to take my BP at home at least twice a day to give her a month's worth of averages to consult. Well, imagine my surprise when, sprinkled among the regular high crap, I'm seeing days of 120/80 - hadn't seen that in years!!
The only lifestyle change I can attribute this to is the elimination of most carbs & processed foods since end of August.
After binge days (we allow ourselves a treat on weekends, a blow-out day so to speak) my BP goes right back up for a few days. If I eat really well and stay away from carbs, it goes back down to a normal range.
I don't feel any different though, not sleeping any better and I don't have more energy than before. I do have less padding on my hips & tummy, I have lost about 5 lbs and kept it off so that's good (for me).
Might reward myself with this for those dark days :-D
Happy Monday, peeps!