Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blood pressure woes

I found out that my blood pressure was 160/90. That is what I get for eating that ham and cheese. Anyway, I thought it would settle down at the end of the day, but it would settle down at the end of the day. It didn't.

So, I ran on the treadmill for 20 minutes. I was all sweaty. A couple of hours later, my blood pressure was 123/80. That is much better. I believe that the sodium I exude through the sweat helped to relieve the blood pressure.

Anyway, in my search for low sodium snacks, I found the following foods were great:
  • Shredded wheat cereal
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grits
  • Honey mustard pretzels. (a little high, but lower than most.)
  • raisins
  • air-popped popcorn
  • Carrots and other veggies
Surprisingly, the following had a high sodium content:
  • Bread (especially English muffins)
  • Chicken breast
  • canned mushrooms
I have done bland before. After about a month without salty food, one gets used to it. Here's to bland for life. At least I won't be taking pills for making salty choices. Keeping my blood pressure down will keep my heart and veins/arteries from wearing out at an early age.

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