What Does Eating Right Mean for Someone with High Blood Pressure?

March 24, 2016

Home Care in Westchester NY

People who have high blood pressure often know that they should be eating right, but what does that mean, exactly? The definition can vary depending on a lot of different factors. Your loved one should start with a thorough exam from his doctor and by listening to the dietary recommendations that his doctor recommends. From there, he can build a healthy eating plan for himself.

Limit Salt

One of the first recommendations from your loved one’s doctor is likely to be that he reduces the amount of salt in his diet. Salt can cause your loved one’s body to retain fluid, which can increase his blood pressure. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of salt than others are, though, so it’s not necessarily how much salt your loved one is eating but how sensitive his body is to the salt.

Eat Fewer Processed Foods

Processed foods aren’t great for your loved one for a variety of reasons but one of the biggest is that they’re higher in sodium than homemade foods are. If your loved one is one of the folks who is sensitive to salt intake, that’s a problem. Try sticking to a diet that involves more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This means cooking more food from scratch, and that can be time consuming. Try finding home care providers who can cook wholesome, delicious meals for your loved one for you.

Read Food Labels

It’s not enough to read the advertising on food labels these days. Manufacturers want to grab your attention and hope that you won’t notice some of the ingredients or information on the nutritional label. Foods labeled “lower in sodium” sound great, until you realize that they still have a ton of salt in them. Educate yourself about food labels and start reading them regularly.

Keep a Food Journal

It’s not unusual for people of any age to feel that they eat healthy meals the majority of the time. It’s also not unusual to have a convenient lack of memory about the cookies, candy, and other treats that sneak in between meals. Keeping a food journal can help your loved one to see on paper what he’s really eating. It can also help to keep him motivated when he misses some of those foods he used to love.

Keeping your loved one’s blood pressure at a healthy level can be as simple as adjusting his diet in small ways.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Westchester, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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