Vive Health Review & Food That Lowers Blood Pressure

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I’ve been working with the elderly a lot lately, and Vive Health provided me with their Digital Blood Pressure Monitor to try out. I am so happy with it. What I found very interesting about a nurse I was shadowing was that she could tell from a blood pressure reading if a patient was drinking more water like she was directing them to, or if they weren’t changing their habits. And this is where I became interested in the correlation between food and blood pressure.

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The Vive Health Digital Blood Pressure Monitor was super easy to work with and I was able to use it right away because the directions were very clear and batteries were provided. There is a ridiculous amount of features that will come in handy. Just to name a few, there is a wide range cuff, digital display, guaranteed accuracy, two user capability, irregular heartbeat detector, and so much more. For those who want to keep a record, there is a memory function so that up to 250 measurements per user can be stored. Crazy, right? Right now I’ve just been using it for single blood pressure readings, so all I do is wrap the cuff around the arm and hit start. Then the magic happens and I get my reading super fast. It retails for $29.99, which I was surprised about because it seems really affordable for what you end up getting.

In my studies, it seems that there are a ton of tasty items that can be eating for a good blood pressure level.

Stay Away From Sodium

The Pioneer woman

Sodium is a no-no if one wants to prevent hypertension. Not a problem though, use tons of herbs in your cooking or toppings like pico de gallo. Ree Drummond AKA The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe for one here.

Leafy Greens

Gimme Some Oven

Give your salad fix a twist by creating chopped salads to eat. I’m not sure why, but I find it to be much tastier when my veggies have been chopped into smaller pieces versus kept in full leaf form. It might have to do with flavors blending better. Lately I’ve been craving chopped kale salads, and this one by Gimme Some Oven looks gorgeous.

Oatmeal

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To lower blood pressure, it seems that doctors will recommend a lower intake of meat proteins, but a higher intake of grains. Oatmeal is great for breakfast and will keep you full for a while. Plus, if you know you are having oatmeal for breakfast, it’s a no brainer and you can less time thinking about what to eat. Buzzfeed compiled a list of 19 overnight oats recipes that are so yummy.

Bananas

Banana pancakes gluten free

Banana are really high in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. Love, love, love me some bananas! I eat them as is, in oatmeal, in smoothies, and one of my favorite ways to eat them is in a stack of gluten-free banana pancakes. Eugenie Kitchen shows you how to make these 3-ingredient pancakes. So good!!!

 

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