Eat It to Beat It

Good eats without swollen feet. One thing I realized when I started trying to get off my blood pressure medication was that nutrition, for me in particular, played a huge supporting role. I happen to be one of those that have sodium sensitivity, which accounts for 1/3 of those with hypertension. Nutrition, period, plays one of the biggest roles in your life and your quality of living. A vehicle can not run smoothly and have less breakdowns if it is running on dirty, dingy fuel. Why do we expect our bodies to run on the poorest fuel available? The key word here is “available”. Can our bodies run on poor food choices? Yes. Should it? Absolutely not. We “choose” to use the worst fuel for our bodies. I am starting to become more familiar with better sources for fuel. I would like to focus on more organic choices and lower sodium items. Please note I said “more” not “completely replace every thing possible” because initially you would become overwhelmed and less likely to adhere to those healthy substitutions. This section is dedicated to nutritional finds. I also plan on creating a week-by-week plan to help me gradually step down from those foods that are overly loaded with sodium and other “crud” that makes our systems sluggish.

 

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