Consuming several dates or lots of dark chocolate may reduce your blood pressure. Not so fast! Overeating and eating processed sugar are not healthy ideas [ sorry ūüôā ] so I am not suggesting you do so. But the point of bringing this to your attention is that the likely reason that doing this may lower your blood pressure is because both of these foods are high in potassium.

Trying to use potassium for blood pressure is not encouraged for those with compromised kidney function who simultaneously have high potassium levels on blood work. Please talk with your doctor to make sure there are no contraindications for you specifically to consider potassium.

Potassium comes in supplement form as well. If you’d like to try to first consume more potassium through food, a list of high potassium foods can be found¬†here.

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Lowering sodium is a common way to reduce blood pressure.
Lowering sodium while increasing potassium may help to reduce it further.
Lowering sodium, increasing potassium, maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet, exercising 5 times per week, and reducing stress may help to reduce it even further.

Be sure to get a thorough analysis from your doctor whenever you have new onset of high blood pressure, especially if it happens when you are young, at the onset of or during another health condition (some conditions can trigger high blood pressure), or post an acute (short-term) illness.

If you have had high blood pressure for a long time but recall that no doctor ever really did a thorough analysis to figure out the cause and just rushed to place you on a medication, you may want to get re-evaluated.¬† It’s one thing if it is just running in your family and it doesn’t tend to accompany any other health condition in your family members.¬† It’s another thing if it shows up out of nowhere¬†and you do not really know why.

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