Juicing craze may help lower high blood pressure, but should not replace whole foods.
Juicing seems to be the latest health fad amongst millions of people and many celebrities. The aim of blending food into liquid form is to ‘eat cleanly,’ ‘detox’, lose weight and to fight ailments such as high blood pressure. The question if this is a truly healthy or just a Hollywood fad?
Juicing is an easy way to fill the body with concentrated amounts of nutrient-packed vegetables, herbs and fruits and thereby increasing one’s usual consumption of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The drinks are also automatically low in toxic fats, added sugars and salt ― ingredients one should avoid. Juicing or even a juice fast can therefore have positive effects on high blood pressure bringing it down to normal levels. The method is especially beneficial for high blood pressure when juicing fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, beets, spinach, parsley, garlic, melons, greens, and peppers.
The negatives are that by losing the skin and pulp of vegetables and fruits, one loses many other nutrients and fibers. Also, strictly juicing, in other words not eating whole foods, may leave one feeling weak and irritable due to a lack of protein ― a low-protein diet combined with cutting calories, like juicing, causes a loss in weight as muscle tissue, which slows the metabolism and reduces strength. Liquid also does not leave one feeling as full as solid foods do.
A good solution may be to combine both ― have a healthy juice daily in place of one meal and make sure the other meals are filled with protein-rich foods known to reduce hypertension, such as beans, lentils, flaxseed, quinoa, and tofu. Beets, celery, corn, spinach, melons, papaya are also excellent for lowering blood pressure.
For people with hypertension it is crucial to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a low-salt, nutrient rich, balanced diet. As for treatment goes, RESPeRATE is an excellent and natural way to combat the condition without resorting to intervention or drugs. RESPeRATE is also the first FDA-approved medical device clinically proven to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.