Poor diet, irregular sleep and lack of exercise have a negative effect on your cardiovascular health. The poor lifestyle is the main cause of high cholesterol which is considered as one of the most silent and deadly threats.
Luckily, a simple change in your diet can easily decrease your blood pressure and blood lipid levels. You can do it by including celery and grapefruit in your daily diet and consuming them regularly and you will see their benefits.
Some of the combined benefits of celery and grapefruit:
- Reduce fever
- Promote good sleep
- Reduce and regulate cholesterol levels
- Decrease blood acidity
- Control blood sugar levels
- Reduce sugar and starch in the body, which is very beneficial for weight-loss
We suggest you an easy recipe how to combine these two ingredients:
- 1 grapefruit
- 1/4 lemon
- 1/2 inch ginger
- 2 stalks of celery
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend them well. Before consuming, you can strain the juice.
Note: Do not consume grapefruit or its juice, if you are on any medication because it can interfere with the metabolism of the drugs.
Always consume it at least 2 hours before and after taking the meds!
Grapefruit may interfere with:
- Blood pressure medications (Adalat, Procardia, Plendil, Nitrendipine)
- Certain cholesterol medications (Mevacor, Lipitor, Zocor, Vytorin)
- Immune suppressant drugs
- Methadone and some other medications for pain
- Viagra and erectile dysfunction drugs
- Psychiatric drugs (Halcion, Zoloft, Versed, Valium, Tegretol, Buspar)
How it works
Celery contains a compound known as 3-n-butyl phthalide which is responsible for the unique taste and odor of the vegetable. Also, this compound has the ability to lower blood pressure. Celery acts as a diuretic and it can filter the toxins out of the blood.
Also, it can act as a vasodilator and improve the elasticity of the blood vessels so it can lower blood pressure. Moreover, celery can reduce the risk of stomach ulcer, improve the integrity of the stomach lining, reduce inflammation, treat obesity, prevent diabetes, fight insomnia, treat cancer, and control stomach secretions.
Grapefruit contains naringenin, a flavonoid which has the ability to treat diabetes, regulate cholesterol levels, and prevent other metabolic issues.
It can increase fatty acid oxidation and reduce cholesterol and production of bile acid in the liver. Furthermore, this fruit has a positive effect on kidney function, insulin response, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol metabolism.