Hypertension / High Blood Pressure – Dietary Recommendation
Diet for Hypertension
Please note that if you are allergic to any of the foods recommended in our treatment plan, please do not have them.
- Eat freshly cooked meals or at least warmed up meals. Avoid cold meals.
- Eat only when you feel hungry.
- Take some time out to sit down when eating your meals, and be fully aware of yourself whilst you eat (try to avoid distractions such as TV etc).
- Be aware of when your stomach is getting full and avoid overeating.
- Be aware of you chewing each morsel.
- Sip on warm water throughout the day. Never drink cold water. Warm water is ideal, but ambient temperature water is better than cold.
- Avoid drinking any beverages or water during, and in the hour following meals.
- Use only rock salt wherever necessary while cooking.
|To consume in moderation||Spicy, Salt, sour, pungent, and bitter|
|To reduce||Sweet – especially after meals.|
|To avoid||Cold and dry and frozen foods/ drinks|
4 times a month
It is best to eat barley, corn, whole meat wheat, and wheat bran as cooked in the form of Indian Chapattis, tortillas or wraps.
|Barley, rice (brown)/ White rice(Boiled in 4 times water), wheat bran, oats, or multigrain flour.||Millet, rye, corn flour products, whole meal wheat.||Buckwheat, cereals,|
muesli, breads, white flour.
Best to use organic milk. It should be taken warm, with small amount of
|None||Goat’s milk/ semi skimmed/ skimmed milk, Plain Cow Butter, paneer, Ghee (clarified butter), tofu, goat’s cheese, Soya milk.||Ice cream, frozen yogurt,|
mozzarella, hard cheeses, margarine, peanut butter, and yogurt.
Avoid all dairy products as much as possible.
Cooked vegetables are best as compared to raw vegetables as they are easier to digest.
|Artichoke (with oil dressing), hog-weed, caltrap, cilantro, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, okra, onion (cooked), pumpkin, seaweed, squash (acorn, winter, crookneck, zucchini etc.), asparagus, bell pepper, carrot.||Alfalfa sprouts, beet, bitter melon, cabbage, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, potatoes, sweet potato, mushrooms, mustard greens, parsley, turnips, raw onion ,cauliflower, Artichoke (with oil dressing), cilantro, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, broccoli, green chillies, Brussels sprouts, hot peppers, radishes, tomato, snow peas, peas, spinach, tomato.||Red chillies, chickpeas.|
Should always be cooked and eaten warm.
|Chicken/ Lamb or mutton (goat meat) and their soup with a pinch of black pepper. Prefer roasted over marinated||Egg whites.|
Lobster, fish, oysters, prawns, turkey, beef, pork.
Avoid all sea food as much as possible.
Those listed in small amounts are best as a soup or as a spread with added spices. When digestion is weak or constipation present, even those beans listed under small amounts should be avoided.
|Mung beans,||Aduki beans, black gram, black lentils, pinto, soy beans, tofu.||Red and yellow lentils, chick peas, kidney beans.|
Fruit is best when it is sweet and at room temperature. Sour fruits must be avoided.
|Pears, pomegranate, raisins, musk/ honeydew melon.||Apples, coconut, grapefruit, dates, grapes, mango, tangerines, watermelon, Apricots, avocado, prunes, Papaya, olives, sweet limes, bananas, figs, nectarines, peaches, plums, cherries, Pineapples, plums, oranges.|
Over use of any sweetener will eventually cause an imbalance.
|Honey is the best sweetener.||Date sugar, dextrose, fructose, grape sugar, molasses, and brown sugar, , Maltose, maple syrup, maple sugar, rice syrup||White Sugar.|
|Cooking oils||Olive Oil, virgin coconut oil.||Flaxseed oil||Corn oil, Vegetable oil, Peanut Oil|
Nuts and seeds:
These should be eaten lightly dry roasted to assist digestion and only lightly salted, if at all. Nut butters, except for peanut, may also be eaten.
|Sesame, sunflower seeds||Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashew, lotus seeds, macadamia, pecans, pine. Pistachio (non salted), pumpkin seeds||Peanuts|
Spices aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as improve flavour. Food should have an overall spicing effect of being warming but not hot. It is the overall effect of spicing that is most important and not the individual spice used. Food should never be bland.
|cardamom, cilantro, cumin,coriander,|
dill, Fennel, rosemary, saffron, spearmint, turmeric, cloves, garlic (raw), ginger (dry), asafoetida, black pepper, basil, cinnamon, coconut, fenugreek,
|Anise, ginger (fresh), marjoram, nutmeg, Oregano, poppy seeds, sage, salt, star anise, thyme, lemon verbena, peppermint, Bay leaf, caraway, catnip, chamomile.||Cayenne, horseradish, hot mustard|
|Condiments||None||None||Vinegar, tamarind as an ingredient.|
These are best taken at room temperature or warm and never ice cold.
|Above listed herbs as tea, hot milk, warm water.||Herbal teas which do not have tannin in them.||Alcohol (undiluted),|
coffee (caffeinated & decaffeinated),
soft drinks, sweet fruit juices (undiluted), tomato juice, all carbonated drinks
Disclaimer: We have taken utmost effort whilst recommending dietary changes, various Yoga positions, breathing techniques, stretches and other exercises. However for the best advice we recommend you to consult our Ayurvedic physician if you have multiple health issues.