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Fiber Up to Beat Hypertension
 
The month of May celebrates World Hypertension Day and besides commemorating Losartan, Lipitor, and Atenolol, there’s a natural and better way to combat hypertension. It is the Big F.
 
The “Big F” is FIBER. It is derived from plants and scores huge in keeping the heart and colon healthy, for better blood circulation and detoxification.
 
Good blood circulation prevents hypertension. Sapping bad cholesterol and toxins out of the body by consuming fibrous food, such as oatmeal, also promotes digestive health and prevents colon cancer… aside from boosting good blood circulation. The connection continues: did you know that hypertension helps bring about constipation? So fiber up, and you prevent both hypertension and colon problems.
 
WebMD.com, an esteemed medical online publication revealed that “adding fiber to the diet was associated with a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.”
 
WebMD.com also pointed out other lifestyle and dietary improvements which help keep blood pressure levels under control. These include “weight loss, reduced sodium intake, moderation in alcohol use, increased potassium intake, increased physical activity, and following the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet.”
 

 
Fiber-packed Food
 
Basically, anyone who wishes to gain the benefits of fiber simply has to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fiber may also be sourced from cereals and carbo-loaded food such as oatmeal. There are many variants of oatmeal– instant, quick-cooking, whole-grain rolled oats, and oat bran. Just find the kind that suits your taste and lifestyle most.
 
One brand, Australia Harvest Oatmeal, boasts of best quality as it prides itself in coming from the world’s best oats-growing region, West Australia. Perhaps it is this best-source and superior-quality assurance that made the Philippine Volcanoes— the country’s official rugby team sent to battle in international rugby competitions– choose Australia Harvest Oatmeal as their Official Fiber Partner. And for good reasons. The Philippine Volcanoes just won their bronze medal in the recently concluded Asian Rugby Competition.
 
So celebrate World Hypertension Day this May, by staying healthy and sharing the fitness word.
 
Fiber up, for Life!