More than fifty million Americans are affected by hypertension. It can lead to a laundry list of dangerous health conditions, including heart disease and stroke! The good news is that you can usually take care of the problem with the right diet and just a little bit of exercise.
Focus on Fiber
Are you getting enough fiber? If so, you are in the minority as several studies have indicated that as many as 86% of Americans do not include enough fiber in their diets. The American Dietetic Association's has stated that when populations consume more dietary fiber, their chronic disease levels are lower. They recommend consumption of 14 grams of dietary fiber per 1,000 calories, or 25 grams per day for adult women and 38 grams per day for adult men. Unfortunately, the average daily intake of dietary fiber in the United States is only 14 grams per day.
The humble beet, often used as a colorful garnish on the table, is finally getting some respect. Rich in natural sugar, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, and copper along with vitamins B1, B2, C and bioflavonoids, it's health benefits have been known for generations.