Hypertension (commonly known as 'Blood Pressure') is a significant contributing risk factor to myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cerebrovascular accidents (strokes).
A contributing factor to hypertension is obesity. Hence one's diet should be easily digestible with adequate protein and any tendency to be overweight must be checked and managed. Highly seasoned foods and large meals before bedtime should be avoided.
Avoid the following:
In our western society, we eat too much salt. You go to a restaurant and there is salt on the table. On top of that, cooks often put more salt than our dietary requirements need. Observing cooking shows, chefs are often adding extra salt into their foods.
"Because it tastes good" is their reply. However, what are the implications of increased salt intake? It adds to hypertension and can put extra strain on kidneys. If your kidneys are not functioning optimally, then it can lead to your entire body potentially shutting down.
Sometimes we can't avoid the salt chefs add to our food when eating out, but at home we can be our own master of our health and make the choice of not adding extra salt to our food. There are so many other ways we can add taste to our food with herbs and spices.
Make the choice!