Emoha caregivers interact with over dozens of elders on a daily basis and one of the most common ailments we deal with amongst elders include hypertension.
We decided to write a blog to help elders out in understanding hypertension and how to manage it through a healthy diet and delicious alternatives!
What is Hypertension?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls. High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) occurs when this force is consistently too high.
How to manage Hypertension?
Along with medication and proper exercise, a balanced, healthy and hearty diet is something that you must consume. A lot of troubles and exigencies can be averted if you strike the right balance.
Here is a list of healthy foods that you must include in your meals.
What must you add to your diet?
- Low-fat dairy products
- Skinless poultry and fish
- Pulses and legumes
- Nuts and seeds
What must you reduce from your diet?
- Saturated and trans fats
- Red meat (only consume lean cuts if you choose to eat red meat)
- Sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages
- Processed foods
- Pickles and papads
- Fruit juices
However, you must consult with your doctor before making any changes. We, at Emoha specialise in eldercare and professional caregiving. So, if you are living alone and need help with managing your independent life or chronic ailments, we are just a call away.
Reading food labels before buying packaged food is a must. It will help you keep track of the ingredients.
Switching to healthy alternatives is also recommended. For example, to reduce sodium intake, use vinegar, lemon or fruit juices, spices, and/or herbs to flavor foods instead of salt.
A few examples of healthy alternatives include:
- Lean meat
- Skimmed or 1% milk
- Yogurt or Greek yogurt
- Low-fat and low-salt cheeses
- Skinless chicken
- Oatmeal (not instant)
- Fruits (fresh, frozen, or canned without extra salt)
- Vegetables (fresh, frozen, or canned without extra salt)
- Plain rice
- Plain potatoes
- Unsalted pumpkin, squash, or sunflower seeds
- Unsalted nuts
Is a healthy diet in Indian cuisine possible?
Mixing and matching these ingredients in Indian cuisine is very simple. Indian food habits if taken up in their original form augment healthy living and help in controlling chronic ailments such as hypertension.
If you need help with planning a complete diet chart that saves you from the worry of planning your daily meals, you may reach out to us at Emoha, and we will help you connect with the best professionals who will help you with holistic plans.
To know more about our care plans, you can visit our website www.emoha.com or call us at 1800-123-44-5555.