I agree with Elizabeth with this one. You will often hear many talk about how “magical” lemon juice is, however, the evidence is not there. There is a very good chance that if you drink alot of water containing lemon or another acidic juice it will erode your enamel and lead to dentition problems.
A far more effective way to reduce your blood pressure is to:
- Reduce your weight to within your healthy weight range - for every 1% reduction in weight, there is approximately a 1mmHg drop in systolic blood pressure
- Reduce your waist circumference to less than 94 cm for men and less than 80 cm for women
- Reduce salt in your diet - choose salt reduced or no added salt varieties of canned vegetables (e.g. baked beans)
- Increase your potassium intake - potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables (go for 2 and 5), as well as nuts and legumes
- Decrease your alcohol consumption
- Increase your physical activity level.
All the above recommendations are evidence based and have been proven to be successful for many of my clients. You may like to tackle one at a time so that it is more manageable. For further specific advice speak to an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find an APD at www.daa.asn.au
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