High Blood Pressure?

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Today, with all the stress of daily life, high blood pressure is extremely common. It’s a precursor of heart disease, so doctors tell us to take medications all our lives.

Dean Ornish, a Harvard based physician, and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, from the Cleveland Clinic, have both written books on how hypertension and heart disease can be prevented and reversed. It’s indeed unfortunate that most of our doctors don’t read these books and therefore cannot tell us how we could be healthier.

Statins and cholesterol lowering drugs are prescribed generously. Since only animal products contain cholesterol, one can easily avoid these harmful drugs with a plant based diet. Blood thinners are prescribed, but the root cause of blood thickening, the fat, is never addressed. Blood tests for Inflammatory markers are routinely done, but no one tells you that acidic foods, processed foods and chemicals are the causes of these frightfully high levels.

It’s time we stop outsourcing our heart health to doctors and take our heart health into our own hands!


Testimonial of Suchitra Karnani

New Delhi based Suchitra Karnani chanced upon Dr.Shah’s Reversing Diabetes in 21 days book and things just fell into place!

I was diagnosed with thyroid about a year ago and was surprised! I was only 41 years old and leading such an active life; how could this happen to me?! It’s then that I decided to take care of myself. My sister-in-law in Hyderabad who also has thyroid and blood sugar, was also working on herself and had attended the Freedom from Diabetes program. That’s where she learnt about Dr. Nandita Shah, who was Dr. Tripathi’s mentor and bought the book.

I slowly started just following whatever she did, but without much understanding. It was when I visited her and saw Dr. Shah’s book, ‘Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days’, I started understanding more. I am so impressed with the way she has explained why veganism is the lifestyle for a sustainable future. I have explained in her words to my two teenage children who were non-vegetarians, and now they are both trying to avoid milk and meat in all forms. My daughter looks really motivated and even makes different types of vegan smoothies for herself every morning. I’m really happy when she does that. I will not say they have become vegan as they have given in to chocolates and ice creams, though rarely…but each time I tell them that the choice is theirs – as they are young adults.

Meanwhile I’m feeling really energised following this new path!!!

Sweet & Sour Beetroot Delight

This tangy and rather delicious salad is from our Salad A Day WhatsApp initiative for World Health Day. Salads are a super easy way to top up your raw and nutritional intake. 

We generally tend to ponder about what to cook. Instead, let’s shift to what salad to make for lunch or dinner! This one step will go a long way in bringing health to your family.


  • 2 medium sized beetroots grated

  • Juice of one lemon

  • 1 tbsp date paste

  • 2 tbsp soaked raisins (optional)

  • 4 tbsp cashew nuts cut into pieces

  • 12 roasted black peppercorn

  • 4 cloves roasted

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves finely chopped

  • Salt to taste


Make the dressing by mixing lemon juice, salt, date paste and mint. Crush black pepper and cloves into a powder.

Mix grated beetroot, dressing, roasted powder and half of the cashew pieces.

Garnish the salad with rest half of the cashews and a leaf of mint before serving.

Food for the Mind


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Nowadays when one is detected with high blood pressure, it’s considered quite normal. After a certain age, almost everyone gets high blood pressure, so what’s the big deal? Just pop pills for life, reduce salt intake and you are sorted!

High blood pressure can present with symptoms that are seemingly innocous – erectile dysfunction, vertigo, breathlessness, memory loss etc. Over a period of time there can be more serious complications, as it can damage the arteries, leading to heart issues, dementia, stroke, blindness, and more. That’s why it’s important to keep a regular check. It’s so easy to prevent and even reverse hypertension, so why not?

Read on to learn a few steps that you can take to keep on top of your blood pressure.

1) Go Plant-based

All animal products including dairy contain fats, which cause thickening and narrowing of the arteries. Simply go in for high fibre foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

2) Stop processed foods

We generally tend to think that we put hardly a spoon of salt in our dish. However a higher proportion of our intake of salt actually comes from packaged foods, which are loaded with salt.

3) Lose Weight

As weight increases, so does the blood pressure. Even reducing a little weight has an impact on your levels.

4) Drinking tea and coffee also has an effect

Both tea and coffee raise the blood pressure .

5) Quit Smoking

Each cigarette that you smoke increases your blood pressure for many minutes after you finish.

6) Exercise regularly

Exercising every day has a great positive impact on our body and helps reduce both stress and blood pressure.

7) Reduce your stress

Challenges will keep coming, it’s how you handle them that makes all the difference. Stress surely raises blood pressure. If one simply shifts focus on finding the solution, rather than overthinking about the problem, stress will surely reduce. For every problem has a solution.


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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program and also conducts Health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here

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