Juice to Lower Blood Pressure: 3 Easy Recipes for Better Living
Your blood isn’t the only thing pressuring you. When it comes to living a long life, your doctor, spouse, friends, or anyone you know may pressure you to make necessary lifestyle changes. While health occurs in an ecosystem of personal choices and surroundings—some of which you can’t control. One of the things you can do that can make a huge impact is change your diet.
We’ll cut to the chase: to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower your blood pressure, you’re going to have to cut out the crap. This means no high-blood pressure inducing red meat, fried foods, sodium, alcohol… you know, all the good stuff. You probably already know the diet you should be eating.
There are many kinds of issues with blood pressure, such as systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, damaged blood vessels, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and blood pressure readings that go through the roof. All of which can ultimately lead to a heart attack. Most of us know that reducing your fat intake, cutting out alcohol and/or smoking can all help. But not a lot of people know that adding things to your diet—not just taking them away— can have great benefits on your health. Like including pomegranate juice, coconut water, cherry juice, cranberry juice, beet juice and certain other fruits and vegetables into your diet can also help balance blood sugar levels, improve blood flow, reduce the risk of heart disease, and reduce systolic pressure and diastolic pressure.
That’s right. If you don’t already have a juicer, you might in the market for one after this article.
Benefits of juicing
There’s an old saying that goes: if they can’t do something right, do it yourself. Well, juice companies have been getting juice wrong for decades. Worst of all, they’ve done it on purpose just to make extra money. These companies will load their juices full of sugar to make them more addictive, all while adding preservatives and other junk to make the juice last longer.
But, of course, that’s not good for you! Juicing at home allows you to get the goods from fruits and veggies without getting all the high-blood-pressure-inducing nasty stuff that juice companies sell you. You control everything that you put into your system. Your body will more easily digest the juice since it doesn’t include so much fiber, putting tons of nutrients straight into your body. It’s great for lowering blood pressure.
Now, you’re probably asking: “Well, there’s so many fruits and veggies, which ones will make the best recipe to lower blood pressure?”
Fret not, my friend. We’ve got you covered.
Best juice recipes to lower blood pressure
1) The Mean Green Health Machine
If you’ve got into juicing, you’ve probably heard of the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a guy named Joe Cross who goes on a 60-day juice cleanse, losing over 100 pounds, overcoming an autoimmune disease, and generally getting his health back. This is one of the recipes that helped Joe regain his life.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Throw all of these ingredients into your juicer and let ‘er rip. Maybe add a few ice cubes into the drink and you’ll be sipping your way to a healthier body in no time.
2) Vitamin-C (ya later high blood pressure)
Joking aside, this is a tasty recipe to use if you’re new to juicing. Hope you like sour juices because this one’s going to be strong.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Garnish your drink with a lime or orange slice. Happy drinking!
3) Berry explosion
Berries are hands-down one of the healthiest things you can eat. So, throwing a bunch of them into your blender will be like giving your body a reset button.
For maximum nutrition, buy berries when they’re seasonal as much as possible. Getting them in season not only makes them cheaper but means they’re easier for farmers to grow since the plant evolved to grow best during certain times of the year. This means that farmers will use fewer fertilizers and other chemicals to make the plants grow, giving you the tastiest, healthiest berries.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Enjoy the yummy berry juice. You’ll be downing your glass and wishing you had more!
4) Make your own recipe
You know your tastes better than we do. Maybe you have a fruit that you love and others you avoid like the plague. Overall, fruits and veggies will help you lower blood pressure, so mix and match them how you please. Create your own recipes.
While you do that, though, we offer some advice:
What to do with juice pulp?
Now that you’re on your way to lower blood pressure, don’t waste the pulp from your new juice cleanse. You can use the pulp to fertilize your own garden—that way you can get 100% organic fruit and veggies for your next glass of juice. If you don’t have a garden, find someone local who does.
If that still doesn’t work, you can incorporate the juice pulp into your non-juice diet. Add some pulp to soups, mac ‘n’ cheese, salads, pancake mix, bake it into bread, or use it to make crackers. There are tons of different ways to use juicer pulp, so get creative.
How juicing can save your life
Anyone can pull a Joe Cross. Juice helps you easily incorporate blood pressure reducing foods into your diet. You don’t have to spend half an hour eating a salad when you can drink everything you need instead. Juicing takes ten minutes to prepare in the morning and can be enjoyed throughout the day.
Use the recipes on this list and make your own delicious juice concoctions too. Juicers are inexpensive and indispensable to your health. Take the necessary steps to add years back onto your life and lower your blood pressure. Future, healthy you will be glad you did.