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Old 06-14-2018, 08:09 PM
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If you can get some dried hibiscus flower heads (check health food shops, hippy markets, or the internet), boil a few handfuls up in a saucepan until it is a lovely dark red colour.
I love hibiscus tea! I've had it in various Latin-American restaurants (most recently, on vacation in Ecuador!!) and it's always yummy. It's called Jamaica (ha-MAY-ca). Surprisingly, the country doesn't get its name from this...

If you have a Latin bodega nearby, you may be able to get the flowers there as well.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:27 AM
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I've been watching salt content pretty religiously. Fortunately mustard seems to be low in sodium, which means I can make that my go to in all my condiment needs.
I used to salt the hell out of everything ... and when I was a youngster (way back when ...) you could buy a small box of pretzel sticks for about five or ten cents. I would eat the pretzel sticks ... and then eat up all the salt that had fallen off them into the box. Why my BP isn't through the roof I do not know, but I am very lucky -- it's fine. I plan to keep it that way, so have moderated my salt intake considerably.

I live on the 14th floor of an apartment building and am trying to remember to take the stairs up 3 or 4 floors (if ever I make it all 14 floors, I will take out a full-page ad in the local newspaper ...) if I'm not carrying anything other than my purse. Not doing too well at it; I must try to increase my stair-stepping.
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Old 06-27-2018, 06:39 PM
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One of the nurse practitioners I work with said something recently really struck me: don't get too obsessive about checking your BP. It's supposed to vary a bit based on the time of day and what you're doing. So it will be higher after you've walked in from work after having been in rush hour traffic for an hour versus after binging the latest season of your show on Netflix. Too many readings can actually be too confusing and detrimental to getting a good average. She recommended taking your BP a few times a week and see how it's trending. Of course, if your doctor told you differently, do what they said.
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