If you or a family member/friend is dealing with hypertension, it is very important to seek medical attention and ask for tips on how to manage the condition. The food you consume is one of the things you can address at your home.
After all, the fact that your diet has a huge effect on your health is nothing new. If you are dealing with high blood pressure, there are foods you should include in your daily diet. Cucumber and garlic are two of them. Why these foods?
One of the contributing factors to hypertension is having too little potassium and too much sodium in your diet. Excess sodium causes the body to hold onto fluids, which in turn increases blood pressure levels. Potassium is an electrolyte which regulates the amount of salt retained by the kidneys. Cucumbers are rich in this electrolyte. Their regular consumption helps the body to get more potassium naturally, helping to lower blood pressure levels.
There are many other things that cucumber can do for you, such as aid in weight loss, hydrate your body, lower blood sugar levels, promote regularity, and reduce the risk of chronic disease due to their antioxidant properties.
Most of the beneficial effects of garlic are attributed to its sulfur-containing components, such as diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide, and allicin. It provides a wide range of health benefits, and its ability to keep blood sugar levels in check is one of them. It works by relaxing the constricted blood vessels which are responsible for elevated blood pressure levels.
Other benefits of regular consumption of garlic include prevention of different chronic health conditions, cholesterol reduction, and strengthened immune system. Additionally, garlic has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties which make it effective at preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The recipe below is ideal for those looking for natural ways to manage hypertension. It combines the two ingredients discussed above, creating a delicious and healthy salad that is easy to make. Check it out!
Cucumber Garlic Salad
- 1 cucumber
- 3 garlic cloves
- ½ -1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- A little bit of water
- Peel the garlic and crush it to release its active compound (allicin)
- Wash the cucumber thoroughly and cut it into pieces
- Mince the garlic and add it to the bowl with cucumber pieces
- Add the vinegar and water
- Serve and enjoy!