As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us try to avoid the condition of high blood pressure. We do not look at this condition as a disease and take medication. Instead, we look at this condition as a dangerous condition for our health, and we will do our best to avoid or reduce such dangerous conditions.
As practitioners of life cultivation, we make an observation that the main causes of high blood pressure are excessive body weight, high dietary salt content, and more than moderate alcohol intake.
We know that a long-term low-protein, low-potassium, and low-calcium diet is unfavorable for our blood pressure condition. Thus, it is beneficial for us to have a daily intake of 800 mg of calcium and 300 mg of magnesium.
The following foods are beneficial for our health and they will be included in our daily meal plans:
- Grain: cornmeal, millet, buckwheat, oatmeal;
- Beans: soybeans, mung beans;
- Vegetables: amaranth, rape, lettuce, cauliflower, tomato;
- Fruits: Bananas, peaches, apricots, citrus, red fruits;
- Dairy products: soy products, milk;
- Other categories: dried shrimp, kelp, seaweed, tomato, fungus, potato, sweet potato, yam.
The following foods are not beneficial for our high blood pressure condition and we will try to avoid them:
- High salt content;
- High fat content;
- High cholesterol content;
- High calorie content;
- Animal protein;
- Refined food;
- Chicken soup;
- Strong tea.
The following soups are known to practitioners of life cultivation to be beneficial for us to maintain a favorable blood pressure condition:
Five-flavor antihypertensive mixed vegetable soup: 1 piece of seaweed, 2 pieces of celery, 1 piece of tomato, 10 pieces of water chestnut, and half of onion. Cut them and cook together the way we cook vegetable soup. Season to serve.
Kelp Cassia Soup: 30 grams of kelp, 15 grams of Cassia. Cook for at least half an hour before serving.
Jellyfish Uncaria Soup: 250 grams of jellyfish, 20 grams of tender Uncaria. Cook for at least half an hour before serving.
Double ear soup: 10 grams of white fungus, 10 grams of black fungus, 30 grams of rock sugar. Cook for at least half an hour before serving.
Hawthorn soup: 30 grams of hawthorn, one cucumber. Cook the hawthorn first, and then the cucumber for 15 minutes and then serve.
Shenbei soup: 1 sea cucumber, 2 dried scallops, 20 grams of kelp, 20 grams of Prunella vulgaris. Cook for 30 minutes and serve.
Chrysanthemum tea: Make chrysanthemum tea as you would make any flower tea with boiling water.
Propolis tea: Propolis is a resin-like material made by bees from the buds of poplar and cone-bearing trees. Bees use it to build hives, and it may contain beehive byproducts. The flavonoids in propolis have strong antioxidant capacity, which can not only reduce the damage of lipid peroxide to blood vessels, improve microcirculation, but also reduce excessive blood pressure.
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