Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally: Step 8
This webpage is a companion to Step 8 of our book:
Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide
Step 8 discusses the nefarious effects of sugar on blood pressure and the many ways in which sugar is added to foods, often without us realising. Step 8 shows you how to avoid hidden sugars and eat well, while still having sweet treats. Find the natural sweetness in life!
Click here for more information on the book: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
Sugar and Spice: Less sugar for lower blood pressure
Herbs for lower blood pressure:
Turmeric has various benefits which may in turn help regulate blood pressure. Read about it in our article here:
Turmeric for lower blood pressure
Since there’s only so much turmeric you can add to your food, some nutritionists suggest taking supplements of curcumin, the key helpful ingredient in turmeric. Here’s a link to buy a good curcumin supplement online:
Curcumin supplement (Quantum Wellness Botanicals)
For those of you on this webpage who haven’t bought the guide, here’s a wee introduction to the issues with sugar and blood pressure (with a few tips on how to get less sugar for lower blood pressure):
Sugar and high blood pressure
A few articles on how addictive habitually eating sugar can be:
Sugar Addiction (Psychology Today)
Experts Agree: Sugar Might Be as Addictive as Cocaine (Healthline.com)
If you’re in any doubt how much sugar is ‘hidden’ in foods you wouldn’t expect, read these:
Sugar Shockers (Web MD)
Added Sugars – with a list of different kinds of added sugars (US Government)
A thought-provoking article on the negative effects of added fructose:
Problems with ‘deadly’ fructose (Mercola.com)
A good article about the benefits of reducing your carbohydrates:
Reduce Grains and Sugar to Lose Weight and Improve Health (Mercola.com)
Detailed explanation of carbohydrates, their effects in the body, and the benefits of natural sources of carbohydrates rather than processed food:
What are carbohydrates? (Medical News Today)
Avoid hidden sugars
You can make your own barbecue sauces with less sugar then many of the ones you can buy. Try fruit-based barbecue sauces – the fruit replaces some of the refined sugar, and you can reduce any other sugar in the recipe, and replace it with honey, maple syrup or blackstrap molasses.
A healthy recipe using apricots and links to more recipes:
Barbecue sauce recipes
An article on barbecue sauces with links to recipes, some of which have mostly natural ingredients and not much sugar so are quite healthy (suggested by a reader)
Origins of the BBC Sauce
There are many natural sweeteners you can use to replace sugar in recipes or in your drinks. Honey and maple syrup are widely available. However, here are links to buy a few others.
You can get this at most health food shops.
Wholesome Sweeteners – Organic Molasses (Wholesomesweet.com)(recommended by mailing list member, who promises it tastes good…)
Wholesome Sweeteners – Organic Molasses (Amazon.com)
Stevia extract (Amazon.com)
Chocolate / Cocoa
Raw chocolate and raw cacao products are the best way to get the full benefits of dark chocolate – and they taste really good. More company’s are getting into raw cacao products:
Righteously Raw Chocolate (US)
The Raw Chocolate Company (UK)
Raw chocolate (Amazon.com)
Send us your ideas and suggestions
If there are other websites, resources or products you’ve found useful and you think would be useful to others, please email them to us and we’ll include them: simon [at] highbloodpressurebegone.com
NOTE: This page is designed to be a companion page to Step 8 of our guide, ‘Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally’. As such, it only contains supplementary resources rather than being a full discussion of sugar and high blood pressure and what to do about it.
For more information on how to eat (and drink) less sugar for lower blood pressure, you can further browse this website or, of course, buy the guide..!
Click here for details: Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally – The Complete 9 Step Guide
ANOTHER NOTE: We’ve supplied Amazon links to those products that may be a little trickier to find, as Amazon is popular and convenient to use. However, Amazon aren’t known to be the most ethical company (we do not endorse them ourselves) so we recommend buying your healthy products in your local shops if you can!