Aside from salt we also include in our diet, fats that can cause high blood pressure. Fats in our diets come in different forms wherein some may promote good blood circulation while others will cause poor blood circulation.
For a better understanding of how fat affects blood circulation it is best that the reader has a thorough understanding of how the blood circulates.
Peripheral circulation or blood circulation refers to the process of distributing the blood being pumped out by the heart for distribution to the different muscles, cells, and tissues in the body. A diastolic or lower pressure is applied to the heart to ensure continuous pumping or supply of blood for distribution.
A pressure known as systolic or higher blood pressure does the process of circulating blood. The systolic pressure pushes the blood as it passes through the arteries and veins and will be received by the arterioles and finally the cells, muscles and tissues.
During this process, peripheral resistance will take place if blood viscosity, elasticity of veins as well as volume, number and size of arteries is gravely affected by the food that we intake. Poor diet containing harmful fats and the lack of exercise often promotes peripheral resistance during blood circulation, which will lead to hypertension or high blood pressure.
Saturated Fats or Saturated Fatty Acids (SFA) :
Saturated fat is commonly found in animal fats such as beef lard and is not considered as liquid. Instead, they are white and hard. When inside the body, these saturated fats increase blood viscosity, which can be likened to the consistency of honey.
Since increased viscosity means thickness, the blood flow is unable to pass easily through arterial veins, and the pressure that pushes the blood to surge forward tends to build up because it couldn’t find an immediate release for the pressure.
Cholesterol and Triglycerides:
These are also fats which accumulate in your body and they tend to clog the arteries. Thus, if your blood has high density or viscosity and they will pass through clogged arteries, the more difficult or poor the blood circulation becomes.
Your blood pressure is surely mounting by this time, and you are starting to feel the symptoms of high blood pressure. Morning headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ear are only some of the few symptoms to indicate that your blood pressure has elevated.
Polyunsaturated Fat or Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA):
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (PUFA) a type of vegetable oil that is said to be of many spaces and they come in different degrees of saturation. The more unsaturated these oils are the more fluidity they manifest. Due to this fluidity which can sometimes take the appearance of clear water, PUFA has a known ability to reduce blood pressure.
Vegetable oils are also good sources of linoleic acid, a raw material from where prostaglandin number 2 can be derived. All these substances promote the relaxation of the muscle found in the arterioles which can promote normal blood pressure.
In order to correct the ill effects of the saturated fats and the arterial clogging caused by cholesterol and triglycerides, we need to switch our diets to foods where we can derive sufficient amounts of polyunsaturated fats specially those that contain omega-3 oils and linoleic acid.
Based on what we have established above, we should therefore lessen the meat and add more fish and vegetable because they are the most common sources of polyunsaturated fats.
It is a must then to avoid the unsaturated fats in our diet that cause high blood pressure resulting from poor circulation. Engage in a regular exercise regimen to hasten the normalization of your blood pressure by using up excessive or unwanted and unhealthy fats in our body.