Beetroot Juice May Help Lower BP

One quick way to lower your blood pressure could be as simple as drinking a glass of beetroot juice, researchers say. Researchers from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, found that within hours of drinking beetroot juice, a group of healthy men saw their blood pressure drop by an average of four to five points. While that number may seem small, WebMD writes that “on a public health level a reduction like that would equate to a 10 percent reduction in deaths due to heart disease.”

“It’s promising that we can see an effect from a single dose,” the New York Daily News quoted Dr. Leah Coles as saying. “That effect might be even greater over the long term if they are drinking it day upon day,” Coles said. The study involved 15 men and 15 women who drank 17.6 ounces of a drink containing about three-fourths beetroot juice and one-fourth apple juice or a placebo drink. Among both men and women, blood pressure levels dropped six hours after drinking the beet juice.

But it was the men who saw the most significant difference, an average of about 4.7 points among the beetroot juice drinkers. While beetroots contain hearthealthy compounds like vitamins C and K, fiber and polyphenols, scientists claim it’s the high nitrate content that’s likely responsible for the ability to reduce blood pressure. LOSE WEIGHT WITH NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS FOODS Weight loss foods are the first options that come to mind when we think of losing weight.

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Choose wisely to boost the metabolism. Eating frequently will only boost metabolism if you eat the right snacks. What are the foods one must completely avoid to lose weight? There is no food that one should completely avoid since the body requires a certain amount of all nutrients, even fats as in essential fatty acids, carbohydrates for glucose, proteins for amino acids to build tissues and wear and tear, also a whole range of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.

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Is that why we habitually sip on water after we eat anything? It is a good thing after all. But does that mean that simply drinking water is enough for weight management? Certainly not. Simply drinking water is not enough. Also, does this mean that you should drink at least eight glasses of water every day? The urine colour is the best test. If it’s translucent or has a tinge of yellow, your body is hydrated, if it is bright yellow, drink up. But excess water can lead to water intoxication and hyponatermia, so ensure that you sip one cup at a time at a regular intervals instead of guzzling bottles at a time.

Have a good healthy breakfast No time for breakfast? You don’t have an appetite? Excuses, excuses! Here is a good excuse why you should have a healthy breakfast everyday. If you skip breakfast, your body thinks you are fasting, which slows down the metabolic process. Besides increasing your metabolism, breakfast stabilizes your hormones and blood sugar levels. Green tea Cardiologist, Dr. KK Agarwal reads between the lines, “While green tea may boost metabolism; this is not enough to make one lose weight fast, unless people complement it with physical workouts and other alternatives.”

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