Blood pressure! The most common disease that has spread among people! Now it is seen that At least 40 percent of children under the age of 12 suffer from blood pressure. With 10 million cases per year, the number is increasing even more.
So, what exactly is blood pressure?
It is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high. Now you might think what are these arteries? As you see blood is a fluid whereas it needs some medium to flow through. These arteries are exactly like pipes that carry blood throughout your body. It might be hard for those who have high blood pressure to maintain its normal conditions. And normal conditions are really vital to life.
You actually cannot totally avoid blood pressure as it is important to keep your blood flowing. Other factors such as insulin formation and conduction is also dependent on it.
How is the measurement done?
Nowadays as technology is improving, blood pressure can be found out just by attaching a device to your fore arm and it automatically provides the result. However, during the olden days the standard machine was used, wherein a person had to wrap around a plastic type folding material onto the upper arm. This material was attached with a pump. This pump is inflated and it stops the blood flow enough to take the readings.
As we talk about this, a diet for blood pressure is also a must follow. These are limited food stuffs that could be consumed. However, a new study has found that getting lentils to be a part of your diet will help reduce blood pressure.
It is seen through the studies that people who consume more lentil based food stuffs are more likely to stay away from increase in blood pressure. This was found to be amazing as it has been found to be a nonmedicinal cure. While this also improves heart health, it actually is really beneficial for you.
5 Lentils to break the stereotypical blood pressure:
1. Split Pigeon Peas (Toor dal):
Toor dal is light and tasty. It contains protein and fibre along with folic acid that prevents anaemia(a condition where no sufficient blood cells are present). It is also beneficial for pregnant women as toor dal can help foetal development and also neural tube birth defects. Along with blood pressure, weight loss and blood sugar level is also reduced. It is low in calories and very healthy.
2. Red Lentils (Masoor dal):
Just like other dals, this also helps in reducing blood sugar levels especially when the sugar level increases after a meal. It controls hypertension, prevents anaemia and also lowers cholesterol. It can be added with vegetables, spinach, pulao or chicken or vegetable soup.
3. Green Gram (Moong dal):
When you think of moong dal, you first think about the famous everyday Indian dish ‘dal baat’. This dal is a yellow coloured dal. It is used to make curry also used to make dal tadka or dal fry. You can eventually find it in either one or the other household near you. It is diet friendly and is rich in iron and potassium. It is extremely light and is given when a person falls sick. It is also used in soups, stews and purees.
4. Split chickpeas (Chana dal):
It is deliciously thick. Chana dal consists of vitamin-B which energises you. It is full of fibre that controls blood sugar level. It also has potassium and folic acid in them. Lowering of cholesterol levels also cure heart problems.
5. Black Gram (Urad dal):
Commonly used by Indians to make idlis, dosas, etc. It is rich in iron, folate, potassium and fibre. It also boots your energy and keeps you active. Being a south Indian I can only imagine the number of times I intake urad dal in a week. It has amazing properties unlike other street foods that you consume.
In addition to these benefits, you can take 2 servings of dal in day to increase the effectiveness. Try it out with various dishes maybe even come up with new dishes that could actually help your diet improve a lot!