All these factors lead to fat deposit and hardening of arteries, which may lead to hypertension. So be careful.
Festive Pitfall 4: Too Many Calories
Do you invariably gain weight during this time? If the answer is yes, know that it is important to keep a check on your weight as people with a high BMI (normal BMI is 20-25, overweight is 25-29.9 and obese is greater than 30) are more prone to get early onset of high BP as compared to those near their optimum weight. Thats because excess weight is directly related to elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) elevation. According to research in people with high BMI the risk of hypertension increases 3.5 times as compared to with those with high aerobic capacity and normal BMI.
Festive Pitfall 5: Messing up Your Gut
Have you been eating meal after meal of ‘bad for your gut’ foods? Please know that not taking care of our gut microbes is an important causative factor for hypertension. So switch ASAP to consciously plating more fermented foods, probiotics, kimchi, miso soup, buttermilk, idli, dosa, appam, dhokla, uttapam, kanji – everyday. This will help you counter the otherwise terrible festive diet that you are eating.
Festive Pitfall 6: Not Stepping Out in the Sun
Where’s the time you say to spend some lazy moments in the sun? Well failure to do so, could be spiking up your BP. We all know that vitamin D is important to help maintain good bone health and its deficiency can fuel cancer, depression, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Research now has connected its deficiency to hypertension too. So step out in the sun a bit more, in between these festivities, and also get your Vitamin D checked to know your status.
(Kavita is a nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi. She is the author of Don’t Diet! 50 Habits of Thin People (Jaico), Ultimate Grandmother Hacks: 50 Kickass Traditional Habits for a Fitter You (Rupa) and Fix it with foods.)
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