8. Eat chocolate
So the advice here isn’t to ‘eat more chocolate’, but to simply eat chocolate. We all know that excessive consumption of pretty much anything, including chocolate, is bad for us. However, numerous studies have shown that cocoa products and dark chocolate in particular can lower blood pressure due to the presence of flavanols, a chemical that widens blood vessels.
If you consume around 50g of dark chocolate per day, studies show that you could achieve a 2 or 3 mm Hg reduction in your blood pressure. Make sure, however, you are eating chocolate with a large amount of cocoa and minimal dairy contents and sugar as this will simply add to your problem by aiding weight gain.
9. Consume more vitamin D
Vitamin D can be consumed by eating eggs and fish, but can also be created in the body when you expose yourself to sunlight. If you spend a lot of time indoors, a vitamin D deficiency could be contributing to your high blood pressure. A simple solution to this is eat more fish and eggs, and spend more time outdoors. Studies aren’t conclusive, but vitamin D should definitely be considered an important part of a healthy lifestyle .
10. Swap coffee for green tea
Along with drinking less coffee, why not swap it for green tea? Some studies have shown that green tea catechins are able to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, while the antioxidants in the tea give you a nice health boost as well. It’s a healthy alternative and delicious too – it’s a win-win!