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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (Try good nutrition to enhance your life)

It is the considered opinion that people must re-evaluate and strive to improve their knowledge nutrition with a view to ultimately improving their health and attaining the goal of a long and healthy life.

If you value life, longevity and cherish living a productive adult life it is incumbent upon you to learn the basic nutritional tips with a view to enhancing your lifestyle. The reason for this is not far -fetched because experts in nutrition, dietetics and food safety are unanimous on the functionality of food which we savour and enjoy without qualms. The experts advise that your dietary choices must be designed to nourish and sustain your body if you must avert illness.

According to the Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Hospital Abuja, Mrs Sarah Abagai, people engaging in unwholesome dietary practices are simply waging war against their own health, and poor dietary habits of many people have resulted in disease conditions they are not even aware of. She went further to say that a lot of people hardly realize the harm they are doing to themselves for failing to get useful and practical information on concise and culturally relevant nutritional information.

She added that food is the source of all that sustains or shortens life, depending on its contents and that it takes awareness for people in both urban and rural areas to develop and practice healthy eating habits.

Bothered about the wide gap that exists in the flow of nutritional information that Nigerians can relate to, for its accessibility and affordability she has picked up the gauntlet to champion the spread of necessary and relevant nutritional information in the light of her interactions with the public. This, she has done admirably by writing a 226-page book on the basic concepts of healthy nutrition so as to reveal the secrets of eating to live in an ever dynamic society such as Nigeria. Nigerians have the opportunity to read through a relevant literature on nutrition and dietetics so as to be able to live “physically vigorous, mentally and emotionally healthy long lives. The timeliness of such a literature on nutrition and dietetics cannot be over emphasized  in view the current challenges  of living that raise the  surge in the quest for practical and useful information on nutrition  considering the fact that  Nigeria has more than a fair share of  epidemic of lifestyle diseases the world over.

Experts say that the physical activities people tend to avoid nowadays   are essential to the overall healthy living apart from the lifestyle enhancing foods that abound locally. A specialist in diabetes and the Medical Director of Wuse General Hospital, Dr Bashir Mijinyawa pointed out that the right eating habits are far much better than going to gym and fitness centers in the management and control of diabetes. In other words, what people eat must be life-enhancing  even if they are interested in taking their physical exercises.

 

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FOODIE UPDATE (FOOD SAFETY AND REGULATORY AUTHORITY IS A MUST IN AFRICA)

Some three years back there was a debate around the use of brine solution on chicken that is sold in fast food retail stores across the country. At the time we requested the Ministry of Health, which is the only regulatory authority, to provide us with specifications on the amount of brine that can be applied on chicken and other food
items such as beef.

There were no answers forthcoming from the ministry, except a brief statement that the companies using brine solution should do it with care.
This week, the Minister of Health, Dorcas Makgato stated that the some imported foods are responsible for the spread of non-
communicable diseases. Our country imports more than 50% of food items from neighbouring countries, especially South Africa.

Such imports include chicken, pork
and vegetables among others, which are not subjected to intense scrutiny when they are crossed into the country and ultimately into our plates.
Many, if not all fast food retail stores originate from South Africa, their preferred destination for importing food items including chicken, and pork and even beef,
which is in abundance in Botswana.

It is against this backdrop that we call for strengthening of laws and establishment of Food Regulatory Authority or Commission that will be mandated with ensuring that all the food that is in circulation in Botswana is safe for consumption. The body can go for benchmarking exercises in developed countries such as in the European Union where public safety is given priority than
anything else.

The body should set safe limits of
ingredients in food items and drink beverages, and any chemical or colourant found in food items. We should always remember the China infant milk scandal of 2008; the UK sausage scandal of
2012 and Robertsons spice
scandal of 2005 as events that
demonstrate the need for
comprehensive food safety laws.

The minister acknowledged
that we have good policies but many of them need to be strengthened and harmonised and responsive to current and emerging issues. As matter of fact, the minister was too embarrassed to state that several agencies scattered across ministries
mandated to protect the consumer are not effective.
These policies can only be enforced by an Authority that dedicates all its time to ensuring that the public is protected from
unscrupulous traders and individuals who are bent on making quick cash at the expense of unsuspecting members of the
public.

The Authority will also ensure that traders who erase expiry dates of canned foods are severely dealt with. We have long neglected
public safety and the time to act is nay or else we will wake up when it is too late to reverse the damage.

The minister should take leadership in ensuring that this Authority is established before the end of the eleventh Parliament
and that will be her legacy.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (UN TO CUT FOOD AID FOR NIGERIA CRISIS OVER LACK OF FUND)

The UN said four countries including Nigeria are facing a humanitarian crisis

Food aid will be cut for more than a million Nigerians affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency if promised funding from the international community does not arrive, according to a United Nations official. Peter Lundberg, the deputy UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, wrote in the French newspaper Le Monde that just 15% of the UN aid appeal for one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises has been received.

Over the next six months, 242 million dollars (£193 million) is needed to help 1.8 million people, he said. “Without sufficient financing, the World Food Program (WFP) will have to reduce its vital support,” he wrote.

Half a million children in north-east Nigeria are suffering from severe malnutrition, Mr Lundberg warned. “Without treatment, one in five will die.” WFP’s Nigeria office did not respond to a request for more details on what aid would be cut and when.

Nigeria is part of what the UN has called the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was founded in 1945, with more than 20 million people in four countries facing possible famine. The other nations are South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Mr Lundberg said the UN has appealed for one billion dollars (£780 million) in aid this year for Nigeria, where an estimated 4.7 million people in the north-east are in urgent need of food aid.

Nigeria’s military has been fighting to win back areas that have been under the control of the Boko Haram extremist group. The Islamic insurgency in the vast north- east has disrupted both markets and farming, creating the hunger crisis.

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FOODIE UPDATE (NORWAY INTENDS TO EXPAND SEA FOOD INDUSTRY IN NIGERIA)

One cannot talk of sea food, particularly stockfish without mentioning Norway. That is why people from various works of
life, including international traders, Norwegian and Nigerian government officials, and other stake holders in the Nigerian fishery industry converged at
Eko Hotels, Lagos for the Norwegian seafood seminar on networking relations for Norwegian stockfish, pelagic and
salmon in the Nigerian market.

Speaking at the event which was held recently, the Executive Director, Nigerian Institute of Marine Research and Oceanography, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, noted that Nigeria has been importing stockfish from Norway since the 1890s. A situation he described as a good
business relation between the two countries.

However, Dr. Gbolagade Akande, who represented the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, regretted that there was imbalance in the bilateral relationship between Norway and Nigeria, noting that
the development is to the disadvantage of the country.
Elucidating, he said, “There is trade imbalance in the bilateral relationship because Nigerian imports hugely from Norway but Norway cannot be said to be
taking anything from Nigeria. This is not good for our economy. That is why we are advocating for the need to invest and encourage research into the area of aquaculture and fishmeal production.

There is a lot of fish in our water that can support fishmeal production, but sadly Nigeria depends largely on importation of
fishmeal into the country. We want Norway to come and invest in fishmeal industry in Nigeria to close the gap in this trade imbalance.”

The minister said this is important
because Norway is not importing oil from Nigeria because Norway too has oil. He called on Norwegian government to look
at the seafood sector of agriculture where the two countries have many things in common and invest in it. He
described the seminar as another
opportunity for Nigeria and Norway to move forward in their business relations.

“Now we are talking of how to move forward and the way to go about that is to work on how we can bridge the disparity between demand and supply. To achieve this, the two countries will collaborate to inject money into research while Norway is particularly needed to set up fishmeal companies in Nigeria,” said Ogbe While pointing out that there is still a huge potential in the market, Ogbe put the demand of 180 million people population in Nigeria at 2.7million metric
tons, out of which he said Nigeria is only producing 1.7 metric tons.
The Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg, expressed the wishes of the Norwegian government and exporters to assist the Nigerian fish importers trading with them in any legitimate way they can as well as in other fisheries sector like aquaculture in this period of Nigeria’s scarce foreign exchange and slow trade
in the non-oil sector.

Mr. Ronny Berg, who was represented by the Ambassador of Norway to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, also admitted that
there is a lot of opportunities in the seafood sector and promised that Norway is determined to collaborate with Nigeria to explore the sector. He, however, stated that the recent economic situation in the world has affected the sector like other areas of the
global economy but added that a lot is being done to boost production and create jobs, where necessary.

The ambassador also agreed with the Nigerian minister that Norway has been exporting stock fish to Nigeria since 1890s and that Norwegian seafood represents an important source of protein to many Nigerians. The ambassador, who pointed out that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trading partner on the African continent, said:
“Nigeria and Norway have bilateral trade relations and we have been working closely together for more than 100 years.
We are investing in fish, especially stock fish, sardines, and mackerel, as well as oil.

Nigeria is a fertile land and that is why we will do more in our investment here.” He, however, called on the federal government to boost its provision of infrastructure such as power and tighter security for their investment to bloom in order to command more investment into
the country. He did acknowledge the fact that Nigerians are friendly people that do not discriminate against foreigners.

During the various presentations, it was gathered that Nigeria and Norway have long-standing traditions for seafood trade that is over a hundred years old.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (BENEFITS OF NIGERIA POULTRY, LIVESTOCK EXPO)

CAN WE KNOW YOU SIR?
My name is Yakim Kasim, I am the operation manager CEMS Nigeria. Concerning the upcoming Nigerian poultry and livestock expo, can you please tell me, what the
programme is all about.

Okay, the Nigerian poultry and livestock expo is an event, an exhibition or let me call it be to be meeting between the Nigeria
livestock and poultry industry and foreign poultry and livestock companies from about six or seven countries. So during the event they will meet to discuss the future opportunity on us to make this industry productive and progressive and also to address some issues that is affecting
Nigeria poultry and livestock industry.

Also there is going to be lots of Nigerian companies that is going to participate, those that have a new product they are going to how case to the world. Generally
the purpose of putting this package together is to promote Nigerian poultry and livestock industry to the world, that We are
also producers; we produce poultry and livestock feed, equipments, chemicals at our
own level here in Nigeria.

We also want to use this opportunity to tell the whole world that in the whole of West Africa that Nigeria is the largest marketers for poultry and
livestock products and services.

WHILE I WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR SITE I FOUND OUT THAT 25% OF AGRICULTURAL GDP IS THE LIVESTOCK AND 80 BILLION NAIRA IS THE ESTIMATED COMMERCIAL VALUE OF LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY, SO WITH THIS HOW DO YOU INTEND TO BOOST AND INCREASE THE AGRICULTURAL REVENUE IN THE COUNTRY CONSIDERING THE COUNTRY’S ECONOMY AT THE MOMENT, MAYBE FROM 80 BILLION TO SOMETHING BETTER?
Before I answer that question, apart from what we are doing to promote this sector in Agriculture, since Poultry and Livestock
is a sector in agriculture. Aside from what we are also doing in our company to help this industry, the federal government has to take reasonable step to promote this sector too. I think recently the vice president Yemi Osibanjo mention a certain plan, a project
that they want to Input in this industry to make it boom. Because there is a lot of prospect, a lot of future benefits in this towards economic development.

So back to our question, during this event we have companies from advanced countries, when
I talk about advanced countries It means countries that have practicalized systems that have innovations that have caused
great economic boom in this poultry and livestock sector in China, India and Jordan, so these countries are going to come for this event to introduce to us what they have, we have companies that are into veterinary, equipment, even in reproduction in the poultry and livestock.

So these countries are going to gather here that day to exchange knowledge with their Nigerian counterpart, to exchange ideas on
how we can improve this industry by applying those method they have been using and we believe that if this meeting can be properly explored there will be a huge turn around in the Nigeria poultry and livestock sector, because in the history of Nigeria poultry and livestock there has
being no event so big, and so wide that will cover both livestock and poultry at a time.

This is the first time in the whole West Africa that an event like this will take place. We have had other events on poultry alone but this is the first time that we are bringing in two subsections in agriculture
together, so with those companies that the foreign delegates are coming, we hope they will contribute positively to this
sector and at the end of the event Nigeria would have learnt a lot from this other countries on how to improve this sector.

I DISCOVERED THAT NIGERIA SPENT AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF 1.3 BILLION DOLLARS ON PRODUCTS IMPORTATION OF DAIRY AND NOW THE GOVERNMENT TARGET TO DOUBLE THEIR MILK PRODUCTION OVER 3-4 YEARS BOTH FOR DOMESTIC USE AND EXPORT PURPOSE ALSO. SO HOW DO YOU THINK THEY CAN BE ABLE TO DO THAT?
Thank you, it’s possible and its going to be a productive avenue for the economic growth of Nigeria. There are some countries in the world that do not have what Nigeria has, like crude oil, cocoa in terms of these natural resources, that the foreign exchange is based on these animals, I mean livestock, cattle rearing. When we come to diary the milk production just one of them we have hide and skin, bone, meat, we have fat, all these can be acquired or produced
from a cow, about the meat production is easy.

Look at how Nigerians involve in cattle or dairy farming, go to north you will see that.
In the whole West Africa Nigeria
produce enough metric ton to satisfy our milk need in Nigeria and also for the export.

For the complete article kindly visit this source.
m.guardian.ng/business-services/benefits-of-nigerian-poultry-livestock-expo/

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FOODIE UPDATE (WOULD YOU EAT A LAB GROWN CHICKEN?

Would you eat meat that’s not really meat?

One San Francisco-based food
startup is hoping that you’ll say yes and revolutionize the $200 billion U.S. meat industry in the process.

Memphis Meats claims that it’s
produced the first chicken grown
entirely from self-reproducing cells in a lab. Earlier this week, the company invited a few taste-testers to officially taste their lab-grown chicken and duck, and the Wall Street Journal reports it was a complete success.

Most who tasted the “clean meat” said that it was nearly identical to real chicken and duck and that they’d eat it again.
Memphis Meats isn’t the only food related upstart trying to disrupt the industry.

Others, such as Netherlands-
based Mosa Meat, have used muscle cells from cows to create the world’s first “clean” burger and meatballs.
However, Memphis Meats is focused on chicken and duck right now because they’re two of the most widely consumed proteins in the world.

Animal advocates and scientists say this could have huge ethical and environmental implications. Research suggests that growing food for the world’s increasing population is likely to send greenhouse gas emissions over
the safety threshold in the next three decades unless there’s a worldwide push to eat less meat.

Then there’s the possibility that the widespread use of antibiotics in meat is contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. This is also to say nothing of the fact that most of the animals riased in factory farms are treated,
frankly, like shit.

Those in the meat processing industry have also taken note. WSJ reports that last fall, Tyson Foods Inc. launched a venture capital fund to invest in cell cultured meat growth, and Kevin Myers,
the head of product development for Hormel Food Corp. told the WSJ that he thought cultured-meat tech is a “good long-term proposition.”

According to the USDA, U.S. consumers ate an average of 90.9 pounds of chicken apiece last year. While Memphis meats can’t yet produce clean chicken in such large quantities, the company is
hoping to begin selling its meat
commercially by 2021, so you may see it on your grocery store shelves soon enough.

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FOODIE UPDATE (FOOD WEST AFRICA: FOOD & DRINK, NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL CONNECT)

Hosting over 4200+ attendees from 20+ countries, Food West Africa is the largest B2B food & beverage industry platform in
West Africa.

Food West Africa provides the largest platform for both international and regional food and beverage companies to meet,
network and establish business ties in Africa’s largest economy – Nigeria.

Food West Africa 2017 is the place to be to source suppliers, manufacturers and distributors for those involved in the food and beverage industry.

Be there from 17th to 19th May 2017, when over 150 exhibitors from over 25 countries showcase the largest Food & Beverage trading platform in West Africa to life.

Benefit from meeting industry leaders from regional, national and international organisations, over the three days,
showcasing an extensive range of the latest products and services all under one roof.

Supported by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), the Association of Food Vendors in Nigeria (AFVN), and National Association of Supermarket Operators Nigeria (NASON); this is a must-attend business event for 2017.

The 2nd edition of this premier event will take place from 17-19 May, 2017 at Lagos, Nigeria.

DETAILS
START: 17th May

END: 19th May

EVENT CATEGORY: Food Industry

WEBSITE: https://www.food-westafrica.com/en/home.html

VENUE: Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria Water Corporation Road
Lagos, Nigeria

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FOODIE UPDATE (9 SIGNS YOUR BODY MIGHT BE ALCOHOL INTOLERANT)

• Everyone reacts differently to alcohol.
• If you’re someone who has reactions after one or two drinks, you may actually be alcohol intolerant.
• Intolerant reactions can include a runny nose, nausea, hives, and low blood pressure.

Getting sick from alcohol can happen if you drink too much, but if you’re someone who has severe reactions after one or two drinks, you may actually be intolerant.
Symptoms vary from person to person, but there are some clear signs your body is intolerant to alcohol that you need to know
about.

It’s important to pinpoint an alcohol intolerance, as it can have some severe longterm effects over time. “First, it’s important to note that it has nothing to do with alcoholism or addiction,” says Dr. Russell Surasky in a phone interview. “It instead has to do with an individual’s genetic makeup.

Some people are born with a deficiency of the enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH2) or the enzyme isn’t functional. When it’s not working properly and you drink alcohol, you get a buildup of acetaldehyde, and it’s this buildup that causes symptoms.”

It’s also important to note that alcohol intolerance is different than an alcohol allergy, as the latter is much more serious, according to Healthline. Someone with an alcohol allergy has a reaction to an allergen in alcohol, such as barley, hops, yeast, etc.,
and these reactions can include stomach cramps, difficulty breathing, and even collapse.

If you and alcohol frequently don’t mix well, you might want to consider these nine signs that your body could be intolerant to
alcohol.
1. Runny Nose
A stuffed or runny nose is one of the most common symptoms of an alcohol intolerance, according to Mayo Clinic. Nasal congestion is the result of inflammation in the sinus cavity, according to Livestrong.

“This is also due to high levels of histamine found in alcoholic beverages, especially wine
and beer,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai over email.

2. Flushed Face
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Skin flushing is another extremely common symptom of an intolerance. “The speculation
on this is that it’s caused by a rise in blood pressure due to the ALDH2 gene deficiency,” says Calapai. “When the body can’t break down acetaldehyde, that redness appears on the face and sometimes throughout the
body.”

3. Hives
An alcohol intolerance can lead to warm, itchy bumps on the skin, also known as hives. This again is a result of a ALDH2 deficiency, but it can also be from histamines in your drink or allergies to specific ingredients, according to Everyday
Health.

4. Nausea
It’s no surprise that alcohol intolerance can lead to feelings of nausea. “This is attributed to an increase in stomach acid which
irritates the esophagus, intestines, and stomach,” says Calapai.

5. Vomiting
Along with nausea, vomiting can occur as well. Vomiting is also a sign of drinking too much, but if you feel that you immediately
throw up from very few drinks, it’s likely a sign of an intolerance.

6. Diarrhea
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“This is common even for those who are not alcohol intolerant, but for those who are, it’s more severe and comes on quicker,” says Calapai. “When alcohol is consumed it affects how water is absorbed in the large intestine
leading to more fluid and quicker stool passage.”

7. Fast Heart Beat
“An alcohol intolerance can cause
tachycardia, or a fast heart beat,” says Surasky. A fast heart rate can also be a sign of a greater alcohol allergy, according to Livestrong, so if you experiencing a racing heart after drinking, it’s best to go see a
doctor.

8. Worsening Of Asthma
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An alcohol intolerance can cause worsening of respiratory issues, says Surasky. “If you have asthma, you can have asthmatic reaction at that moment,” he says.

9. Low Blood Pressure
It’s not something you might be able to tell on your own, but an alcohol intolerance can cause a drop in blood pressure after drinking, according to Mayo Clinic. Some indicators that your blood pressure has dropped include dizziness, lack of concentration, fatigue, rapid shallow breathing, and more.

When in doubt, it’s best to cut back on the alcohol, but also be sure to see a doctor, who can help you come up with the correct
diagnosis.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (WHAT ARE YOU EATING, AND HOW SAFE IS IT?)

Food is an essential contributor to human existence. It is the fuel for human growth and development; quality of life depends on food. As the human body absorbs nutrient from food for the body development, other constituents/elements in the food most especially, toxins are also absorbed.

This is why body immunity and otherwise breakdown is majorly due to food ingestion. It is very true that contamination of food is a major cause of health deficiencies. As a matter of fact, food poisoning is estimated to contribute about two hundred thousand deaths to annual mortality in Nigeria. Toxic substances get into food through different means and they should be of major concern to you.

Agricultural products from Nigeria were rejected in Europe because of safety. Think about it, if it is not safe for them, why should it be good for you here? Don’t forget export products will be about our best, so we probably buy and eat something of less quality to what Europe rejects.

Food handling, processing, and storage introduce many toxic materials to food, which is passed down to the consumers and finally affects the quality of life. So eating a balanced diet or being on a diet of fruits is not enough.

How sure are you that the fruits were safe to be consumed in the first place? The consumer has no clue what the food item he is buying has gone through, the type of pesticides used or the type of preservatives added. For example, what if the food was dried by the road side and contains animal dung and car exhaust or if the beans has been preserved with Dichlorvos, the active ingredient in DD force and Sniper? What if the animal slaughtered for your meat is diseased or contains drug residue?

The consumer is buying blindly and unfortunately, there is no way to trace back! Consequently, some of the organs get overwhelmed trying to fight these toxins over time, which may be the reason for the excessive kidney failures, cancer and liver problems we now see in our country.

Obviously, food consumers in Nigeria have been buying and eating blindly but now we need to stop taking chances and make conscious effort to get safe foods.
I am currently making efforts to work with farmers and food handlers to adopt best practices in food handling.

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FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE)

High Blood Pressure is a dangerous condition that can damage your heart. It affects one in four people in Nigeria and 1 billion people worldwide. Left uncontrolled, High Blood Pressure raises risk of heart disease and stroke. There are a number of things you can do to lower your blood pressure naturally.

1. EXERCISE:
Regular exercise helps make your heart stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, which lowers the pressure in your arteries.
In fact, 150 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as running, per week can help lower blood pressure and improve your heart health.

2. REDUCE SALT INTAKE:
Salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure and heart events, like stroke. If you already have high blood pressure, it’s worth cutting back your salt intake. Swap out processed foods with fresh ones and try seasoning with herbs and spices, rather than salt.

3. DRINK LESS ALCOHOL:
Drinking alcohol can raise blood pressure. In fact, alcohol is linked to 16% of high blood pressure cases around the world.
Drinking alcohol in any quantity may raise your blood pressure. Limit your drinking to no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.

4. EAT POTASSIUM-RICH FOODS:
Potassium helps the body get rid of sodium and ease pressure on your blood vessels.
Foods particularly high in potassium include vegetables, especially leafy greens, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Fruit, including melons, bananas, avocados, oranges and apricots. Drink more milk, eat more beans and fish such as tuna and salmon.

5. REDUCE CAFFEINE INTAKE:
Caffeine causes an instant boost in blood pressure. It may have a stronger effect on people who don’t consume it regularly.
Caffeine can cause a short-term spike in blood pressure, although for many people it does not cause a lasting increase.

6. MANAGE STRESS:
Stress is a key driver of high blood pressure. When you’re chronically stressed, your body is in a constant fight-or-flight mode. On a physical level, that means a faster heart rate and constricted blood vessels. To reduce stress, listen to soothing music and work less.