Hypertension/high blood pressure – is a medical condition in which the pressure in the arteries is elevated.  Your heart works harder than it should to pump blood to your organs and tissues.  In the long run, your heart may not be able to pump and transport blood properly through your arteries so hypertension can result in kidney disease, eye damage, stroke, hardening of the arteries and heart disease.

You can have hypertension for years without knowing it because it has no symptoms.  Hypertension develops over many years and can affect almost everyone.  The higher your blood pressure and the longer it goes without being treated, the higher the damage it can cause.  Lifestyle changes can help lower your blood pressure.  You can work on having a diet with lots of vegetables and eat less salt.  Another way to lower your blood pressure is to increase the amounts of exercise that you do.

Over time, hypertension can also cause some sexual complications.  The lining of your blood vessels become damaged which causes the arteries to become narrow and hard – which limits blood flow.  The decreased blood flow can make it difficult for some men to maintain erections.  Women can also experience sexual problems due to high blood pressure because it reduces the blood flow to the vagina.  This can lead to a decrease in sexual desire and vaginal dryness.

Gert Coetzee, Pharmacist and Diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About understands the risks that are associated with hypertension.  Below he lists foods that should be avoided in order to decrease your chances of getting hypertension:

Coffee:  Caffeine is capable of causing a short but dramatic increase in your blood pressure.

Pastries:  Cakes, cookies, croissants and muffins taste good but are rich in saturated fats, butter, sugar and sodium which can all raise blood pressure.

Red Meat:  Red meat is rich and succulent but is also loaded with saturated fat as well as cholesterol.  Eating red meat is associated with high blood pressure which in turn can increase the risks of heart disease.

Tomatoes:  Whether in the form in puree, pasta sauce or tomato juice, tomato products contain a lot of sodium which is known to raise blood pressure.

Processed Meats:  Any form of processed meat should be avoided, whether it’s ham, bacon strips, cold cuts or turkey slices.