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DIET CHART FOR HYPOTENSION

INTRODUCTION

Low blood pressure or hypotension may cause inadequate blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Low blood pressure is a condition where the systolic and diastolic pressure falls below 90 and 60 (mmHg) respectively. A low carbohydrate, high fiber, and low fat diet, is recommended to hypotension patients. Salty foods can increase blood pressure. A healthy and well balanced diet that is low in fat, high in fiber and moderate in calories is beneficial. Avoid eating lots of high carbs foods, unhealthy fats, fried food, junk food, processed foods, and preserved foods, caffeine, and alcohol as they can lead to low blood pressure.

Hypotension

DAILY DIET SCHEDULE

EARLY-MORNING

8-10 pieces soaked raisins + Almond- 5 pieces

After 15 min - Tulsi tea / Herbal tea

BREAKFAST

Broken Wheat Porridge (Dalia) / Semolina (Veg Upma) / Vermicelli (Sewian) / poha (Rice flakes) / Besan chila (chickpea flour) / Veg / Suji chila (Semolina) / Stuffed Chapatti / Chapatti with veg or Dal / 1- egg's white part only

MID-MORNING

Fruit / Coconut water / Herbal tea / Green tea / Salad

LUNCH

Plain chapatti / Mix chapatti / Boiled Rice / Veg + Dal + Curd + Steamed salad

EVENING

Herbal Tea / Green tea / Roasted Chana + Rice flakes / Sprouts / Carrot juice

PRE DINNER

Soups (Home-made)

DINNER

Plain chapatti / Veg khichri / Veg Dalia / Mix chapatti / Boiled Rice / Veg + Dal

FOODS TO CONSUME AND AVOID

CEREALS

TO BE CONSUMED

Whole grains cereals, Wheat, Semolina, Vermicelli, Brown rice, Rice flakes, Puffed rice, Barley, Quinoa, Millets

TO BE AVOIDED

Refined flour, White rice

PULSES

TO BE CONSUMED

All Pulses and lentils

TO BE AVOIDED

Dried and frozen pulses

VEGETABLES

TO BE CONSUMED

All vegetables Zucchini, Pumpkin, Ginger, Celery, Eggplant, Red onion, Coriander, Potato, Radish, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Cabbage, Spinach, Beets, Celery, Lettuce, Parsley ,Turnip, Pumpkin, Cucumber, Lima beans.

TO BE AVOIDED

Canned vegetables, Yam, Sweet potatoes, Taro roots, Jackfruit, Dried beans

FRUITS

TO BE CONSUMED

All fruits include Grapes, Cherries (Sweet), Lemon, Apricots, Banana, Guava, Papaya, Apple, Sapodilla, Plum, Pomegranate, Pear, Dates.

TO BE AVOIDED

Orange (sour), Pineapple, Strawberries, Peaches, Prunes, and Canned fruits

DAIRY PRODUCTS

TO BE CONSUMED

Low-fat milk and Buttermilk (occasionally)

TO BE AVOIDED

High fat milk, Whole milk and cream, Butter, Full-fat Yogurt, Cheese, Cream cheese, Condensed milk

FLESH FOODS

TO BE CONSUMED (ONCE IN FIFTEEN DAYS)

Eggs white part only, Roasted or Grilled fish, Lean meat, Cold fish like Sardines, Salmon, Tune, Mackerel, Herring, and Skinless chicken

TO BE AVOIDED

Red meat, Processed, Fried meat, Beef, Pork, Prawns, Lobster, Crab, Lean beef, Pork, Lamb, Ham, Turkey, Veal, Rabbit, Egg yolk, Fish roe, Sausages, Mutton, Salami, Bacon, Duck, Goose, Meat pies, Visible fat on meat, Organ meat like Liver, Kidney, Chest, Red meat, Smoked or Canned fish, and Fatty Meats

FATS

TO BE CONSUMED

Cow ghee, Mustard oil, Olive oil, Soybean oil

TO BE AVOIDED

Trans fat foods, Butter, Palm oil, Hydrogenated oil

DRY FRUITS / SEEDS

TO BE CONSUMED

Almond, Raisins, Pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, Sesame seeds

TO BE AVOIDED

Chia seeds, Cashew nuts, Dried fruits

SPICES

TO BE CONSUMED

Fennel, Turmeric, Cumin, Thyme, Black pepper, Coriander, Rock Salt (limited), Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fenugreek

TO BE AVOIDED

Excess amount of red chilies

OTHER PRODUCTS

TO BE CONSUMED

Jaggery, Honey

TO BE AVOIDED

All bakery products or processed, Sauces, Fruit jellies, Jams, Mayonnaise, White sugar, Ice-cream, Cream soups, Butter scotch, Coconut bar, Chutneys, Deep fried foods, All Spicy foods, Junk foods, Buttered popcorn.

DRINKS

TO BE CONSUMED

Coconut water, Buttermilk, Clear soups, homemade soups, Lemon juice, Green tea, Beetroot juice, Soy milk, Herbal tea, Aloe Vera juice, Gooseberry juice, Pomegranate juice

TO BE AVOIDED

Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, Canned soup and Packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Hot chocolate drinks, Diet soda, Coffee, and Tea

HOME REMEDIES

RAISINS

Soak around 8 – 10 raisins in a cup of water overnight and eat them in the morning on an empty stomach. 

HOLY BASIL (TULSI)

You can chew 4 – 5 basil leaves in the morning on daily basis or drink a teaspoon of tulsi with honey daily on an empty stomach.

LEMON JUICE

Drink a glass of lemon juice mixed with a little sugar and salt to control your blood pressure.

GARLIC

You can eat raw garlic (2 cloves) 1 hour before bed time or can add it to your food preparations.

MILK AND ALMONDS

Soak 4–5 almonds in water overnight, peel off the skin in the next morning and make a smooth paste. Add this paste to a cup of boiling milk and drink it every morning for a few weeks to treat your low blood pressure.

CARROTS

Add two tablespoons of honey to a glass of carrot juice. Drink it on empty stomach twice a day (morning and evening) for better results.

DIET TIPS

  • Water intake should be 8-10 glasses
  • Walk / Physical activity for 30 min is recommended.
  • Small and frequent meals should be taken
  • Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
  • Skipping of meals should be avoided especially breakfast.
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