How garlic, apples, papaya and cucumber help lower your blood pressure

Garlic is a blood thinner. If used in moderation it has been shown to help lower blood pressure. Because it is a blood thinner it will reduce the ability of the blood to clot, so don’t start eating it at every meal. Consuming it once or twice a day with food and substituting garlic power (not garlic salt) has been shown in clinical studies to help blood pressure to normalize.

Apples contain potassium and phosphorus and are low in sodium. Apples with honey (preferably truly raw honey that has never been heated at all) have long been used for to reduce blood pressure problems. Potassium has been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. By eating an apple or two a day, sodium in the tissues is reduced and replaced by potassium and blood pressure comes down.

Also read: DASH diet to control blood pressure

Papaya contains vitamins A, C, B complex as well as amino acids, calcium and iron. Half a papaya has more vitamin C and potassium than an entire orange. It has half the calories of a banana and 5 percent of the folate. Potassium and folate are nutrients necessary to heart health.

Cucumber included with other vegetable juices (carrot, beet, lemon, 2 cloves of garlic) in a drink has been seen to lower blood pressure in as little as one day. The above ingredients can be taken in a drink 2 to 3 times during the day – Here is the proportion: carrot 8 oz, cucumber 5 oz, beet 3 oz, lemon 1 oz, garlic juice of 4 cloves. Cucumbers are a good source of potassium, phosphorus and calcium as well as being a good diuretic.

Using a substitute method can help make a habit of health-giving foods. Try taking something “good” and let it substitute for something “bad” (coffee, tea, sugar) in your diet. For example: remove the salt from the shaker on your table and put garlic powder in it instead. When watching TV eat a sliced apple instead of potato chips or other salty snacks. Treat yourself to a papaya at lunch and let it displace some of the “meat and potatoes” you might otherwise eat. When you eat salad include lots of thinly sliced cucumbers, or add cucumbers to your blender when making any kind of drink.

The challenge is to find what works for you. Without changing much of anything you can, over time, re-invent your habits. The mistake is to go too fast. Trying to change everything in a week or in a day won’t work. Change just one thing today and later, maybe weeks later, after the change you made has been truly assimilated into your daily routine, then make another change.

Make it easy, ridiculously easy, to make the change (say from chips to sliced apples). Ridiculously easy (and slow) changes give you a chance and can save your life by reducing your blood pressure problems.

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