If you said coffee or bacon you are right. Coffee and bacon can cause immediate spike, but do they really cause high blood pressure when you use them on a regular basis?
Foods or cardiovascular ill-health?
Foods that cause high blood pressure come in different shapes and sizes. Some taste bitter, some salty, and some sweet. Many can cause trouble for people who already have hypertension, but they seldom cause any problem for people that aren’t prone to hypertension.
No teenager will end up with a high blood pressure due to two bacon slices for breakfast and no young and fit woman will ever notice any measurable spikes after drinking a large tumbler of coffee. Only those, whose health is compromised will notice such effects. Not unlike the proverbial last drop that spilled the glass.
Common foods that cause high blood pressure
However, if you already have high blood pressure or are at the beginning stages of hypertension these few innocent additions to your diet can make a difference to your heart readings. Although it is easy to blame a food for hypertension crisis one has to realize that it is not the food, but an inappropriate body response to this food that causes the problem.
To find out how one “gets” hypertension, white coat syndrome and erratic numbers as well as what are the necessary steps to reverse them read “The Ultimate Guide to Fluctuating Blood Pressure“. For an immediate read download a kindle version. You can read it on your smart phone.
Below is a list of common foods that spikes the pressure in health-compromised individuals:
- Coffee and caffeine, pop, energy drinks: these can cause immediate blood pressure spike lasting for a few hours; Download The Guide to find out how to drink your tea and coffee without cardiovascular effects
- Salty foods: ham, bacon, sausage, cottage cheese, cured meats, Chinese food, pizza, canned foods and most processed foods: these can cause high blood pressure spike lasting several hours to a day
- High carbohydrate foods: breads, pasta, pizza, bakery products, sweets, fries, most junk etc. : these can cause water retention and consequently high blood pressure lasting up to a 3 days
High blood pressure causes
The truth is that high blood pressure is never caused by one food or food combination, but by incremental malfunctioning of the body due to health-incompatible lifestyle. If you think that heart disease is inevitable and we will all end up with it someday you are wrong. Hypertension is not a random curse, but exceedingly the end result of long-term health-incompatible lifestyle factors such as:
- Prolonged stress eg. marital problems, demanding job, financial issues, etc. Stress have a direct effect on heart rate and contributes substantially to high cholesterol. Destress with biofeedback
- Nutrient-poor diet eg. diet low in minerals (commercial non-organic produce), and diets low in potassium which are a result of low-vegetable intake. And no, low-fat diets, low-sugar diets, juicing or alkaline diets may not help you
- Highly processed diet eg. low-nutrient prepared/processed foods, foods with high level of artificial additives. Among those are cold breakfast cereals, junk foods disguised as health food, such as almond milk, commercial yoghurt, and even canned fruit.
- Low fitness eg. lack of aerobic exercises, avoidance of high intensity effort
- Low oxygenation eg. sedentary lifestyle, lack of outdoors, under-use of diaphragm (breathing muscle): eg. insufficient laughing, singing, deep breathing, etc.
- Loss of arterial elasticity, commonly caused by atherosclerosis, which is in turn caused by long-term systemic low-grade inflammation;
That`s why people who eat junk, are under stress, and lead a sedentary indoor life are more likely to have high blood pressure regardless of their coffee and bacon intake. Since this type of lifestyle is very common in North America it should not be a surprise that hypertension affects a large proportion of North American population. Despite wide-spread yet erroneous belief, genetics play a very minor role in cardiovascular health as hypertension is mostly lifestyle dependent. You should know that you have a power to reverse high blood pressure.
Should one then disregard foods that cause high blood pressure?
Absolutely not! Avoiding foods that cause high blood pressure, or stating it more correctly “a temporary spike in numbers” is still prudent. Pay attention to foods, because it is a sudden spike rather than a steady high pressure that is most dangerous. Blood pressure needs to follow a specific health pattern, which is explained in “The Guide”
Steady high blood pressure is easy to lower with medications, but managing spikes have always presented a medical challenge. If your cardiovascular numbers are erratic go to the article “common causes for fluctuating BP“. In the meantime look out for and avoid minimize those spikes by avoiding common foods that cause high blood pressure.