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i find the MOST important things for me to maintain a normal BP are..
1) enuff protein everyday in my diet.. i dont necessarily count how many grams but i try to eat protein rich foods with each meal, or even a glass of milk or a smoothie with protein powder or yogurt if im not feeling very hungry.
since you are vegetarian i think its harder to maintain a good protein level.. i found it VERY hard when i was pregnant with elwynn.. things high in protein were not what appealed to me AT all.. tofu made me want to barf, eggs as well..cheese was okay sometimes.. i tried to eat a lot of beans and nuts but it wasn't that easy.. i drank a LOT of soymilk, but IMO soy isn't great so i drink organic cows milk now.. i do eat some organic meat now and i feel much healthier for it, but i understand being vegetarian! i was for all of my life up until a few years ago. i think this change in my diet was really the huge factor that helped me maintain a normal BP this time around..
2) 1000 mg of calcium/magnesium daily (and half a banana for potasium)
3) enuff rest and time to deep breathe and relax myself
4) exercise! a nice walk in the evening or morning really helps to keep me centered and my body feeling stress free
there are also other things that ive eard help..
cucumber (eat one daily)
skullcap & hops tinctures also help ( my MW had me taking them when i was pregnant with elwynn and my BP was a bit high near the end)
i hope that you find something that works for you!
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