One of the very effective lifestyle change for someone who is over weight and also suffering from hypertension, is to shed a few pounds. Losing weight even in small measure can have dramatic effects in lowering your blood pressure. A lot of experts prefer using pharmaceutical drugs while prescribing a weight loss programme in order to treat high blood pressure. The best and safest way to maintain your blood pressure is to eat right. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 and should not exceed the count of 140/90 in order to stay fit and free from strokes and heart attacks. Food like garlic, vegetables, fruits play a very important role in maintaining blood pressure.
Garlic: Garlic dilates the muscles of blood vessels, which helps in lowering blood pressure. It consists of a compound called adenosine which helps in vaso dilation and is also a muscle relaxant. Although, both raw and cooked garlic can benefit blood pressure, raw garlic is more potent and benefits faster.
1 cup carrot juice
½ teaspoon thyme
Salt to taste
⅛ teaspoon cayenne
½ cup quick-cooking barley
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
½ cup diced avocado
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Preparation on 30 minutes
Combine carrot juice, thyme, salt, and cayenne in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, add barley, and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until barley is tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together lemon juice and oil in large bowl. Transfer barley and any liquid remaining in pan to bowl with lemon juice mixture; toss to coat.
Add beans and tomatoes and toss to combine. Add avocado and gently toss. Serve at room temperature or chilled. For best flavor, remove from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.