Effects of Eating on Blood Pressure

July 20, 2011 by: admin

Blood pressure is the pressure of blood on the wall of arteries. It is determined by the thickness of the arteries, blood, blood vessels and velocity. In medical term blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressure. The ideal blood pressure in 120 over 80. The blood pressure when goes above or below this normal value, the low blood pressure is known as hypotension while the high blood pressure is known as hypertension. It is affected by various factors , it also get affected after your meals.

- After meal, our body may undergoes digestion and this process requires the oxygen which helps in the release of some digestive acids and enzymes. The oxygenated blood flows towards the blood vessels in the stomach. Thus our body signals to heart for more blood supply to the GI and this makes work faster. And finally it results in increase in blood pressure after meals.

- Also the increase in blood cells and plasma may result in the increase in thickness of the blood. Those food which are high in sodium may causes excess pressure on the lungs and hearts because the excess sodium will actuate water retention thus extra amount of water puts pressure on heart and lungs.

- The high fat and low fiber diet should be affect on the viscosity of the blood thus it directly affects on the blood pressure. So the blood pressure may increases after eating high fat diet.

Remember that the increase in the blood pressure after meals is a temporary rise and it will be normalize once the digestion completes and heart beats bring back to normal value.


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