While it may seem there is no connection between high blood pressure and sex, it can actually hurt your sexual health according to the American Heart Association. This makes sense because the heart is responsible for pumping blood and when there is something wrong with the pipes or in this case, arteries where the blood is pumped, circulation is hindered. When this happens, and since erections involved proper blood flow as it fills up the penis during erection, there would be much blood to supply in order to achieve a harder penis and sustain that erection throughout intercourse duration.
Aside from diminishing quality of erections and sex drive, high blood pressure is also associated with many other health conditions including stroke, vision loss, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney diseases. Fortunately, anyone can have full control of his or her blood pressure by avoiding certain foods, and only eating foods that can have positive impact and nourishment. Plus, regular physical activity and healthy lifestyle including avoiding smoking and alcoholism. Of course, getting enough rest, doing yoga, relaxation, and meditation are good additions.
But, before we go to the list of foods to avoid in order to maintain proper blood pressure, let us learn how blood pressure works. This way, we can have a bigger picture and in turn (hopefully) value the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure level. Most people take for granted about their health and don’t take a few minutes a day to read or watch videos on how the parts of their body work. In fact, many people know more about the inner workings of their car, television, and cell phones than the function of their heart, brain, and blood pressure system. So, it’s a smart idea to learn a bit everyday on how our body works.
As you’ve seen in the video(hopefully, you’ve watched it) can cause an increase in blood pressure due to its water retention properties. According to the American Heart Association, a teaspoon of table salt has 2,300mg of sodium, and their recommendation is not to exceed 1,500mg of sodium consumption per day. Unfortunately, most people especially Americans are consuming way beyond the recommended amount. Most adult men consume an average of 4,420mg of sodium daily while adult women consumed 2,980mg per day.
Note that, it’s a myth that certain salts are better than the other. On the other hand, it is also a bad idea to completely avoid salt because our body needs it to maintain fluid balance plus it help control nerve and muscle to work properly, but when it’s too much, it’s also unhealthy.
When it comes to salt, there’s a sweet spot. Too much of it is bad and too low of it is bad either. The recommendation of the AMA may be low, but if you eat processed foods (as you see when you continue reading the article), you can add up a high amount salt in your diet without knowing it. The good news, you can balance the salt level in the body by eating real foods…fresh fruits and vegetables (preferably organic) eating them raw as salads or whole fruits, and others you need to cook them at home, so you know exactly how much salt you’ve used.
Salt is a huge topic when it comes to blood pressure, and there are recent studies suggest that salt restriction is bad. The recommendation from health authority and findings of the studies are confusing. However, don’t get confused. Take responsibility by cooking your own meals at home and use the right amount of salt with your meals. Avoid as much as possible the processed foods because these foods if you eat too much of them can surely pack up the amount of salt your body needs, and not to mentioned the unhealthy fats used to cooked them, plus the various preservatives being used to extend shelf life. This is explained below, so continue reading.
References To Studies That Found Salt Restriction Is Bad:
- Impact of Dietary Sodium Restriction on Heart Failure Outcomes
In symptomatic patients with chronic HF(heart failure), sodium restriction may have a detrimental impact on outcome. A randomized clinical trial is needed to definitively address the role of sodium restriction in HF management.
- WHO Guideline On Sodium Intake For Adults and Children
- Low-salt diet increases insulin resistance in healthy subjects
Low-salt diet is associated with an increase in IR. The impact of our findings on the pathogenesis of diabetes and cardiovascular disease needs further investigation.
- Salt intake and insulin sensitivity in healthy human volunteers
2. Processed Foods Like Pizza
A huge portion of salt consumed, for example in the U.S. comes from added salts that can be found in processed foods. These are the foods you buy in a nice packaging or bottled including foods in your favorite restaurants, food stands, and from processed foods like pizza. Yes, your favorite pizza contains added salt. Therefore, it’s wrong to blame all the salt consumed in foods you used with your home cooking. If you don’t eat too much processed foods, you can avoid the over consumption of salt by controlling the amount you put in your home cooked meals.
Besides pizza, packaged snacks are very high in sodium. So, it’s not just pizzas, but the crackers, potato chips, and even cookies. Other food sources containing salt include canned goods like sauces and soups, frozen dishes, processed meats, and packaged grain dishes. If you are careful about the amount of salt you used in your home cooking, you can still consume a high amount if you eat too much of these processed and packaged foods. So, you might want to minimize eating these foods and prioritize home cooked meals.
3. Restaurant Foods
Many people especially in developed countries including the U.S. eat out most of the time and get their calories from a restaurant and fast food chains. In the U.S., there is a planned regulation requiring restaurant to label salt contents in their menu, which will be effective by Dec. 1, 2016. For now, you have to be vigilant on reading salt contents on restaurants because regardless of how much careful you are in the amount of salt you used at home, you can still get a high amount of it from restaurant or fast food meals.
On the other hand, New York is already implementing this as reported by Associated Press.
Dairy products are known for its calcium content, yet if you’re not aware, they also contain natural sodium. In fact, a cup of low-fat milk contains 100 grams of sodium roughly. There are also cheeses with a high amount of added sodium. If cheese is part of your typical diet, choose those with 140mg of sodium content per serving, or less. Usually, Emmental, cottage and mozzarella cheeses have low sodium content according to one study published at the British Medical Journal.
Do you love sandwiches? You’re not alone. I used to eat a lot of it until a few years ago when I minimize my consumption of refined carbohydrate food sources including white bread and sandwiches. In the U.S., 49% of adults consume a sandwich per day, which accounts 20% of the total sodium consumption daily according to the study conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
The American Heart Association list foods called “Salty Six” that include rolls, bagels, cold cuts, cured meats, and sandwiches including your favorite tortillas and wraps. Hence, it’s better to pay attention and avoid regular consumption of these foods mentioned. It may be fine to eat occasionally, but definitely not daily or even worse more than once a day.
There are studies like the one published at Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Psychology found that alcohol is bad for blood pressure, and another study, but found the effect can be reversed rapidly. On the other hand, the American Heart Association that moderate drinking is not bad. Furthermore, a systematic review published at PLOS One found alcohol intake may raise blood pressure to a much greater extent even with moderate drinking.
This study shows that alcohol intake may increase blood pressure to a much greater extent, even among moderate drinkers, than previously thought. Large-scale replication studies are required to confirm this finding and to improve the precision of our estimates.
It’s clear, consuming too much alcohol is bad for your sex drive, and you should limit your alcohol consumption to 2 drinks per day for men, or even less say 3 drinks per week; and for women, no more than 1 drink per day, or less aiming at 2 shots a week. Or, it may be a good idea to drink red wine instead.
7. Added Sugar From Packaged and Processed Foods
Added sugars are everywhere. Almost every package of food product in groceries contain a high amount of added sugars. And, the bad news, most people are unaware of this fact due to sugar has so many names. You may not read the labels that say “sugar” in their, but fructose, lactose, maltose, dextrose, aspartame, and many others. One study found added sugar is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths.
8. Energy Drinks
Energy drinks cause an acute increase in blood pressure because it gives you a burst of both caffeine and sugar. Caffeine can increase blood pressure temporarily, but if it’s too much it can result to a more serious health problem, and we know sugar particularly added sugar in energy drinks is bad to blood pressure, too. One small study conducted by Mayo Clinic found that;
…that drinking one 16-ounce energy drink can increase blood pressure and stress hormone responses significantly.
Additionally, energy drinks contain more than just caffeine and sugar, but other supplements and stimulants to give that burst of energy when you drink it and this include ginseng. And, if you have already a high blood pressure problem, you should not be drinking energy drinks especially if it contain ginseng as suggested by University of Maryland Medical Center.
9. Frozen Seafood Products
Frozen seafood products like fish and shrimps have added sodium on them during the treatment process. In their natural form, for instance, shrimp, it already has 224mg of sodium per 100 grams of serving, but when treated with solution containing sodium for moisture retention purposes, it can double the amount of sodium up to 566mg per 100 grams serving. Therefore, always opt for fresh seafoods like fish and shrimp.
Tips To Maintaining Proper Blood Pressure
Besides from being conscious in avoiding the foods mentioned above, here are a few more things you can do in order to keep your blood pressure at a normal level. These tips are brought to us by Prevention.com. Note that, the first tip is about salt and it’s the first one mentioned in the list above. Salt is not bad, and our body needs it, but we should consume the right amount. Earlier, you’ve been given possible ways to overconsumed salt, review those so you will have a good understanding what salt play in our body for maintaining good health.
The first tip is about maximizing the salt benefits by mixing different salt types, but as usual, don’t forget the recommended daily consumption.
Other things you can do to maintain a healthy blood pressure level include;
- Losing weight, if you’re obese and/or overweight
- Regular physical activity or exercise
- Maintain eating a clean and healthy diet focusing on whole foods preferably organic
- Quit smoking, if you smoke
- Reduce caffeine consumption, if you notice some abnormal heart beats when consuming more than a cup of coffee a day
- Manage your stress level and keep it a minimum, you can’t totally avoid it, but management is possible
- Seek professional help and have regular visit to your doctor for checkup
- Lastly, use Penomet pump regular, which is a good complement to a health diet and lifestyle to maintain libido, stamina, and longer performance between the sheets