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WHAT IS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION)?
We all regularly use the words ‘blood pressure’ when we feel even slightly ill, without really understanding what they mean. Blood pressure (B.P) is merely the pressure exerted on blood vessels by circulating blood due to the rhythmic beating (contraction and relaxation) of the heart. That means normal blood pressure is not something to be worried about – if your heart is beating your blood will exert pressure on the blood vessels.
What is a cause for worry is when a person has high blood pressure (or hypertension). In such a case his heart has to exert more force to pump almost the same quantity of blood within the same time. The two parameters for this are Systolic B.P, which is the pressure exerted during the contraction of the heart, and is always high; and Diastolic B.P, which is the pressure exerted during the relaxation of the heart, and is comparatively low. High blood pressure in an adult is defined as blood pressure equal to or greater than 140 mm Hg systolic pressure or equal to or greater than 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure.
High blood pressure or hypertension is more and more prevalent these days, especially among younger people. Apart from stress and obesity, one of the reasons for this is excessive sodium and salt intake. Most people find it difficult to limit the amount of salt in their cooking, thinking it will affect the taste of their favourite dishes.
DIAGNOSIS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
The easiest and most reliable way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have your B.P checked regularly. Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). The average ideal B.P levels are 120/80 for young people, and 140/90 for older people. Levels equal to or higher than these indicate that you may be suffering from mild, moderate or severe B.P. It is very important to initiate the right treatment once you discover what level of high B.P you suffer from.
|Level of severity ||Systolic B.P ||Diastolic B.P ||TREATMENT |
|Mild B.P (most commonly occurring stage) ||140-160 ||90-100 ||Can be easily brought back to normal with some life style management, diet modification and proper medication. |
|Moderate B.P (progressive stage and predisposes one to several other complications like heart disease and diabetes) ||160-200 ||100-120 ||Should undergo regular blood pressure checks, take required medication, reduce weight, restrict sodium intake, and make appropriate lifestyle modifications. |
|Severe B.P (highest risk stage) ||Above 200 ||Above 120 ||Once a person’s B.P reaches this level, it is very difficult to bring it back to normal. A person with such high B.P must be very cautious about medications, and maintain the right sodium and potassium ratio in his diet. Lifestyle modifications are also required. |
The recipes in this section have been designed to use minimum salt yet retaining its taste and flavour. In most of the recipes we have measured and used the minimum amount of salt required to make a dish appetizing, however you can decrease or increase the salt according to the daily sodium limit prescribed to you. However in other recipes, you can follow a thumb rule – 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon of salt for a serving of 4. Ranging from breakfast options, and soups and Salads to rotis, subzis and international cuisine, the recipes use low-sodium ingredients, limited amount of oil and are devoid of high-sodium processed foods.
Cabbage and Dal Paratha , Dahi Bhindi , Jowar Pyaz ki Roti , Mili Jhuli Subzi and many more recipes are a true treasure for hypertensives. For those who want to please their palate for pickle, can try Carrot Pickle and Green Chilli Pickle .
So tuck the salt out of sight, and start reducing your sodium intake. Eat healthy to keep your blood pressure in check.
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14 Aug 17
One Meal Soup, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
A nourishing soup that does wonders for the heart! The One Meal Soup brims with the goodness of vegetables and moong dal, and provides you with a good amount of fibre and protein.
It is also a wonderful source of vitamin C
, a ....
07 Jul 12
Fresh Green Garlic Pickle by Tarla Dalal
Yearning for a healthy pickle? green garlic has blood-thinning compounds that help maintain normal b. P. Chop very finely to appreciate its sharp flavour.
25 Aug 17
Quick Tomato Rasam, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Quick Tomato Rasam is a quick, low-salt version of the ever-popular South Indian Rasam, made suitable for those with high blood pressure.
A vibrant masala that combines everyday spices in apt proportions gives the tomato-based rasam an appetizing flavour and irresistible aroma.
Garlic is kno ....
07 Jul 12
Cabbage and Dal Parathas by Tarla Dalal
A great combination of cereals, pulses and vegetables, this balanced dish can be made more nutritious by replacing half the wheat flour with soya flour or nachni flour.
21 Aug 17
Low Salt High Fiber Multigrain Bread by Tarla Dalal
Bread is one of the first snacks we think of on a busy day – or even otherwise! However, those with high blood pressure have to refrain from having bread because of the fear of refined flour and too much salt.
Here is a healthier option with a restricted amount of salt and a combination of whole ....
24 Aug 17
South Indian Mixed Vegetable Khichdi, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
This South Indian Mixed Vegetable Khichdi is fondly called as ‘kootanchoru’ or ‘kadhamba sadham’ and is often made when there is a family get-together because it is flavoursome and satiating, and makes a convenient one-dish meal.
It is loaded with veggies, and the paste gives it a nice mouth-wat ....
24 Aug 17
Pumpkin and Chawli Errissery, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Errissery is one of the most popular vegetable preparations of Kerala. Flavoured with a dry masala of onion, garlic and red chillies, the vegetables become a perfect accompaniment for hot rice and dal.
Here, we have used pumpkin, a low-sodium vegetable, together with nutritious chawli to make an ....
23 Aug 11
Lehsuni Bajra Aur Kaddu ki Roti by Tarla Dalal
Wholesome and satiating, the Lehsuni Bajra aur Kaddu ki Roti is a perfect choice for those days when you are hungry enough to eat up everything in your larder but do not have enough time to cook! Just enjoy these tasty garlic flavoured bajra rotis with a bowl of low-fat curds and salad and your meal ....
25 Aug 17
25 Aug 17
Rajma Brown Rice, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Rajma Chawal is one of the most famous rice preparations in North India, specially the Delhi region. It is a convenient option to carry in lunch boxes too, as it is satiating and flavour-packed.
Here is a healthy version of this North Indian rice delicacy made using brown rice and with lower sal ....
03 Nov 17
Bengali Style Veg Chops, Healthy Low Salt Snack by Tarla Dalal
Chops is a cutlet-like snack that is very popular in Bengal. This is a healthy, vegetarian version of this evergreen snack, made with a medley of yummy veggies like potatoes, beetroot and carrots perked up with onions and spices to make it super tasty!
Here, we have made the Bengali Style Veg Ch ....
18 Aug 17
Oats Flax Seeds Roti, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Here is a chatpata roti, with a homely texture and tongue-tickling taste that are sure to steal your heart.
The Oats Flax Seeds Roti features an absolutely healthy mix of ingredients, especially beneficial for those with high blood pressure because the beta glucagon in oats helps to keep both bl ....
19 Aug 17
Masala Stuffed Parota, Bengali Low Salt Paratha by Tarla Dalal
Parota is a special type of Indian
bread, which never fails to entice the diner with its special slightly-chewy mouth-feel and unique appearance that has a spiral or ringed surface.
While the traditional version is made of maida, here we have made it healthier ....
18 Aug 17
Cabbage and Onion Roti, Low Salt Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Simple, common ingredients are put together to make a delectable roti that fits perfectly into a blood pressure friendly menu.
The crazy crunch of cabbages and onions, together with the spiky flavours of garlic and green chillies make this Cabbage and Onion Roti a drool worthy one.
Apart fro ....
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