Lower Blood Pressure with Breakfast
You have heard before how important eating a balanced breakfast is to your health. Not only is breakfast important for weight loss but it is also important to help lower blood pressure. So what is a good breakfast? Well it’s not a sausage and biscuit from your closest fast food restaurant or that muffin you grab as you walk out the door.
A good way to start your day would be with a bowl of whole grain cereal and low fat milk. Add a banana and berries to your bowl and you have a healthy breakfast.
Now you may ask why this is such a healthy breakfast and why it helps lower blood pressure? Lets take a look.
Fiber- The whole grain cereal will add much needed fiber to your diet which studies have shown it helps to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
Potassium – The banana will add potassium which researchers have discovered helps lower blood pressure. They are not sure why it helps lower blood pressure, but some have suggested that the potassium works to keep the blood vessels relaxed while others say it may help make blood vessels less sensitive to compounds that cause blood vessel contraction. The less contraction, the lower your blood pressure.
Antioxidants – Blueberries and strawberries are full of antioxidants which is believed to help open blood vessels allowing better blood flow and lower risk for high blood pressure. Berries are also full of vitamins and a good source of fiber.
A healthy breakfast can make a big difference in how you feel and perform through the day. Make it a habit to eat breakfast even if you have to get up 30 minutes earlier, it is well worth the time.
Prevention Magazine has listed Health Valley Flakes, Organic Healthy Fiber Cereal as one of the healthier breakfast cereals to eat.