Naturally lower your blood pressure with these easy diet changes
Eating like the Vikings means you get to pig out on fish, berries, whole-grains, vegetables and other natural foods that contain healthy fats and oils.
A study by researchers at the University of Finland wanted to know how it would benefit you. So they recruited 181 obese men to be “guinea pigs”.
Half the men followed the Nordic diet for six months while the rest ate normal foods. Those on the diet not only showed signs of being able to maintain a lower and healthier blood pressure
, they lost 3.5kg more than the other participants did.
Another, more recent study on men and women with metabolic syndrome showed improvement in their overall symptoms too. And while their weight didn’t drop significantly, they had lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Besides that, their rate of inflammation was a lot lower, which means their rate of disease progression would slow.
If you too want to reap the benefits to your health by naturally lowering your blood pressure and telling your mates you’re eating like a Viking, here’s how to do it…
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In as little as eight weeks you could see your blood pressure drop! Just by applying a few natural solutions to your everyday life
Did you know that a simple, natural way to lower your blood pressure is to eat more celery, garlic and onions?
That drinking green tea exerts a blood pressure-lowering affect that could have you feeling better 30 minutes later.
And, adding cayenne pepper to your food – a powerful vasodilator – helps expand your blood vessels and improves your blood flow thus naturally lowering your blood pressure.
Here are the foods to eat to naturally lower your blood pressure
As mentioned above, the main foods on this diet are fish, berries, whole-grains, vegetables and rapeseed oil, which comes from a daisy-type flower.
But you can literally eat anything you’d be able to forage for yourself. This includes root vegetables like potatoes, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, game meat and dairy from sheep and goats.
There is however one specific food that was the most significant part of the Viking’s diet: Bilberries.
The significance of these small blue berries is their incredible role as an antioxidant, which is exceptionally good for your heart and blood pressure.
The closest relation to Bilberries you’ll be able to find is blueberries.
Even damage done by eating a burger can be “undone” if you eat blueberries, say researchers at the University of East Finland who also did a study on the Nordic Diet.
So be sure to make them a standard part of your Viking diet!
And while there’s only minimal evidence to suggest the health benefits of this diet, researchers say “watch this space”.
In the mean time, foodies and health nuts are so excited about this diet. Because of its overall health benefits and weight loss
it even made Vogue’s front page where they stated “Beyond Paleo: Is eating like a Viking the next it diet?”
Well, from where we’re standing, it definitely could be!