And one way to control high blood pressure is through the foods we eat. Many heart patients know to watch their salt intake, but recently there have been more studies that show blood-pressure lowering effects of potassium. Dr. Kara Davis, author of "Spiritual Secrets to a Healthy Heart" says the key is to change your diet at a young age.
Dr. Davis's examples of ways to change our kids school lunch and snacks from high sodium to high potassium:
-Swap a sandwich made with cold cuts for a sandwich made with peanut butter and banana slices
-Send your child to school with a thermos for lunch. Fill it with vegetarian chili.
-Review nutrition labels
-Foods don't have to taste salty to contain sodium. Foods like Packaged donuts contain high sodium
-Swap snacks like chips/pretzels (high sodium) to trail mix/dried fruit/yogurt (high potassium)
You can find high potassium recipes at Dr. Davis's personal link: drkaradavis.com
Kara Davis, M.D. is a board-certified physician of internal medicine. After completing her residency training, she maintained a faculty appointment for ten years at the University of Illinois College Of Medicine. Upon leaving the University, she spent several years in private practice before joining the Christian Community Health Center, where she served as the Chief Medical Officer during the final year of her tenure. She is currently working in a hospital-based practice in the Chicago South Suburbs.
Dr. Davis serves on the Live Empowered Executive Council of the American Diabetes Association and the Multicultural Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association.
Dr. Davis is married to Bishop Lance Davis, who is the Senior Pastor of New Zion Christian Covenant Church, in Dolton, Illinois. She is the author of Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss (Siloam Press, 2008) and Spiritual Secrets to a Healthy Heart (Siloam Press, 2013).
Dr. Davis has presented at conferences and conducted seminars, workshops and radio interviews both locally and nationally. She has contributed to a variety of national publications including Charisma Magazine, SpiritLed Woman Magazine, Focus on the Family Magazine, and the "Ask the Experts" column of Today's Christian Woman Magazine.