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Wellness Visits

Visiting the community and offering wellness services is part of the vision at Umala Mission.

Blood Pressure readings and monitoring the person’s progress are essential for hypertensive patients.

Giving Health Education is done during the home visits by our Community Nurses, Moureen and Eunice. 

Foods that Reduce Hypertension include:

Leafy Greens

Leafy green vegetables like kale, cabbage, and spinach are a rich source of nitrates, which can lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Garlic

Garlic reduces blood pressure by improving blood flow. One review found that garlic, especially Kyolic aged garlic extract, can help lower blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and cholesterol levels.  

Ginger

Though you may not see significant improvements in blood pressure after adding ginger to meals, there is evidence that ginger supplements can regulate blood pressure.

Lemon Grass

Lemongrass contains antioxidants, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids. It also has anti-cholesterol and anti-atherosclerosis properties, which reduce cholesterol absorption in the intestine, keeping bad cholesterol at bay. 

Lemongrass helps oxidize LDL cholesterol in the blood and prevents atherosclerotic plaque buildup.

Lemongrass has good amounts of vitamins A and C and zinc. It also has magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. The potassium content, in particular, helps regulate blood pressure.

Drinking a glass of lemongrass juice in the morning helps lower high blood pressure and boost blood circulation. It also helps to get rid of uric acid, harmful toxins, and fats, as it works as a diuretic to cleanse and detoxify the body. 

It increases the frequency and quantity of urination, which helps to flush out bad cholesterol and other toxins.

To use lemongrass for high blood pressure, simply steep dried or fresh lemongrass in a cup of hot water for five to 10 minutes, then strain and add a sweetener. You can also use ready-to-use lemongrass tea bags. Or, you can simply add lemongrass to soups to reap its health benefits.

Pomegranates

Drinking pomegranate juice may help improve systolic blood pressure regardless of the amount consumed or the duration. 

Researchers found that having more than 1 cup of pomegranate juice may reduce diastolic blood pressure.

Avoid Foods that Raise Blood Pressure

Following a balanced diet and limiting foods that increase blood pressure can help keep your blood pressure healthy.

Foods to avoid include:

  • Salt
  • Saturated fat
  • Refined carbohydrates 
  • Processed foods
  • Fried foods
  • Alcohol

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