What to Eat to Lower Your Blood Pressure, From a Woman Who Did It

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Sherra Aguirre has a family history of high blood pressure that is so dramatic, it has cut short the lives of two cousins and left her parents tied to daily medication. She saw these circumstances as cautionary tales and decided to do everything she could to offset a family history that illustrated what can happen when this condition goes unchecked.

Known as the Silent Killer, high blood pressure affects 108 million Americans, or nearly half of all adults, has no symptoms, and can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and sudden death. That’s the bad news, but there is good news as well, since lifestyle choices can have a major impact on who suffers from high blood pressure, and how to bring it under control. Studies have shown that getting daily exercise, practicing mindful de-stressing techniques, and eating a diet rich in plant-based foods and low in animal products such as meat and dairy can help to lower blood pressure naturally, bringing this untamed assailant to its knees.

One thing Sherra Aguirre learned in her journey to find natural solutions to high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is that diet, above all else, can help roll back the symptoms and lower blood pressure to healthy levels, and now she is aiming to help others, especially in the African American community, learn the power of eating a mostly plant-based diet to prevent and treat high blood pressure since this type of diet has proven to be powerful on lowering blood pressure as drugs.

Aguirre is a health enthusiast and food justice advocate who is passionate about empowering others–especially communities that are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease–to maintain good health at every age. She eliminated symptoms of her hypertension, despite the fact that her family tree is rife with cases of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. She switched to a whole plant-based diet and ditched her meds completely, and feels better than ever thanks to her new way of eating.

Aguirre hopes her book, Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease, will empower others to beat back hypertension and heart disease, by providing simple, effective ways to prevent and reverse heart disease, despite family history. The book is aimed at anyone who wants to enjoy a healthy, symptom-free life, especially African American women and other communities who are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease….”

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