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Under pressure

Alessandra Felice looks at how a plant based diet helps blood pressure

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common condition that many people deal with daily. It could develop as the result of an underlying condition, such as kidney disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, hormonal problems, impaired neural regulation, high catecholamines and cortisol, atherosclerosis or medications such as antidepressants, steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs.

There are risk factors that could lead someone to develop hypertension, including genetic predisposition, age, obesity, lifestyle and dietary factors such as heavy alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise, as well as long term high sodium in the diet and inadequate potassium, calcium or magnesium. When diagnosed, many people can be prescribed medications to manage hypertension, others will try dietary and lifestyle changes that can benefit their health and avoid taking medication or lowering their dose with time under medical supervision.

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Looking for some al fresco recipes to make your vegan barbecues and picnics more exciting this summer? Look no further than the August issue of Vegan Food & Living as we have ideas for burgers salads, quiche and beyond. Also this issue we share the best dishes to cook up on a camp fire, reveal how you can get involved in World Plant Milk Day 2018, share 23 remarkable facts about honeybees and why you shouldn't eat honey, plus how you can put together nature's best first aid kit.