SOURCE: Business School of Happiness

July 27, 2011 06:00 ET

Eat Naked and Reduce Blood Pressure

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 27, 2011) - Did you know that eating "naked" foods -- those that come naturally packaged instead of wrapped in cellophane, boxes or any other kind of packaging -- are the foods most likely to trigger perfect blood pressure readings? After eating more natural foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, reduction in blood pressure can happen quickly and effortlessly.

According to Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel, co-authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (Business School of Happiness, 2011), the benefit of wonderful wholesome foods ends when manufacturers start manipulating them to increase their profits.

"Plain potatoes are a fairly healthy, yet low-price-margin food. As such, they are not a high-profit item. But slice them up, fry them in carcinogenic unhealthy oils while adding blood-pressure-elevating salt, and you have a bag of potato chips that can sell for dollars per ounce," says Tom.

Most refined and processed foods contain large amounts of sodium chloride (salt), sugar and fat. Most foods served in restaurants, especially fast-food joints, contribute about 75% of the average person's daily salt intake. Bottom line? Refined, processed and commercial foods raise blood pressure.

Potassium has a beneficial effect on blood pressure; many foods high in potassium just happen to be edible without any processing, including apples, apricots, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, brazil nuts, broccoli, beans, cantaloupe, figs, fish, honeydew melons, kiwi, oranges, onions, peaches, potatoes, prunes, papayas, parsley, pumpkin, grapes, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turkey and vegetable juices.

Magnesium is plentiful in natural foods, and has a positive effect on blood pressure as well. Foods high in magnesium include almonds, cashews, halibut, kidney and pinto beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and spinach.

Items often touted as "miracle" foods -- clinically proven to reduce blood pressure -- taste delicious in their natural raw state, namely beets and beet juice; garlic and celery. Celery will lower blood pressure despite its relatively high natural sodium content.

"Nature has taken good care of us by providing a broad selection of tasty, nutrient- and fiber-filled foods designed to lead us toward better health," says Dian. "Eating naturally, the way we evolved to eat, results in better body composition, less illness, greater energy and significant improvements in moods."

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