Everyone wishes to have a normal blood pressure reading as it is commonly known that high blood pressure can lead to hypertension and increase your risk for a cardiac event or stroke. In order to fully take control of your blood pressure levels, it is important to understand what causes it to rise and how to go about stabilizing your reading.

In this article, we will explore what causes blood pressure to rise, how a plant-based diet can lower and stabilize blood pressure, and how to eat and cook with these tips in mind. For more information, keep on reading!

1. What is Blood Pressure and How Does It Rise?

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In order for our bodies to function properly our tissues and organs require oxygenated blood that has been carried by our circulatory system. When our heart beats, pressure is created that pushes blood to our arteries, capillaries, and veins. This blood pressure occurs due to two forces: systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure happens when blood is pumped out of our heart, while diastolic pressure occurs between heart beats. These two forces are represented as numbers when you get your blood pressure taken.

When blood pressure levels rise, the heart and blood vessels must work even harder, causing them to work less efficiently as time carries on. Over time this can lead to damage to tissues inside the arteries, and cause plaque to build along tears in the arteries from LDL cholesterol. High blood pressure is what causes hypertension, and it can also significantly elevate your risk for a heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney and liver disease.

So, what causes high blood pressure?

High blood pressure can be caused by environmental and genetic factors such as smoking, intense alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of physical exercise, stress, old age, family history of high blood pressure, and adrenal and thyroid disorders. It can also be caused by a diet rich in processed meats like bacon, sausage, and lunch meat, sodium, fatty meats, fried food, whole milk dairy products, and an excess of butter and margarine.

2. How a Plant-Based Diet Can Lower Blood Pressure

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Changing your diet, eliminating smoking and alcohol consumption from your lifestyle, and getting an adequate amount of exercise is a great way to lower your blood pressure. Opting for a plant-based diet may even be a great option for some as it eliminates the consumption of red meat and processed meats, which have been associated with higher blood pressure readings. It also includes fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds, and legumes that have been shown to improve vasodilation, increase antioxidant and anti-inflammatory content, improve blood viscosity, and in turn, lower blood pressure. Plant-based protein has also been seen to improve blood pressure when compared to animal-based protein.

A diet rich in nutritionally dense foods, while lower in processed foods, sodium, alcohol, and saturated fat, can work wonders at maintaining a healthy heart!

3. Foods That Naturally Lower Blood Pressure

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Cooking with foods that can naturally lower your blood pressure is an excellent way to take control of your health! These foods work to help you maintain a normal reading!

  1. Dark Leafy Greens like kale, romaine, spinach, and arugula are rich in potassium which works to remove sodium through urination. This in turn helps lower your blood pressure!
  2. Berries are loaded with flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant that can help decrease rates of hypertension.
  3. Red Beets are especially high in nitric oxide which help to widen blood vessels while lowering blood pressure.
  4. Oatmeal is a great dish to eat for breakfast to promote healthy blood pressure because it is filled with fiber, is low in fat, and low in sodium.
  5. Bananas are also rich in potassium making them ideal at maintaining blood pressure.
  6. Seeds contain minerals known for lowering blood pressure like magnesium and potassium.
  7. Pomegranates have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities that makes it an effective food to consume to decrease blood pressure, improve cholesterol, and even decrease plaque buildup in your arteries.
  8. Pistachio consumption can reduce blood vessel and heart rate, reducing your blood pressure.

4. Lower Your Blood Pressure With These Recipes!

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Cooking dishes that can work to lower your blood pressure is an act of self love. It can also be extremely gratifying when your labor in the kitchen turns into a mouthwatering meal. Recipes like this Arugula, Kiwi, and Fennel Salad, Beautiful Berry Coconut Smoothie Bowl, Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale, Roasted Cauliflower and Coconut Overnight Porridge Pots, 4-Ingredient Pistachio Nice Cream, Power Bread with Sunflower Seeds, Flax, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds, or this Low-Carb Pomegranate Sweet Potato Toast from our Food Monster App are great for maintaining healthy blood pressure levels!

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By Alysa Bajenaru, RD

You may have heard celebrities touting the health benefits of an alkaline diet, but what is it and should you be following their lead?

An alkaline diet is typically defined as consuming 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. But if we’re using the words alkaline and acid to define a diet, we first need to talk about pH.

What Is PH and Why Is it Important?

You probably remember from science class that pH measures how acidic or basic a solution is.

  • 0-7 is acidic
  • 7 is neutral
  • 7-14 is basic (alkaline)

When it comes to the human body, there are strict controls in place to make sure the blood pH remains right around 7.4. Anything outside of this tight range is life-threatening. The good news is, no matter what you eat or drink, your body will maintain this delicate balance.

The foods you eat won’t change your pH levels, but they will affect how hard your body has to work to keep that 7.4 level steady. That’s where the alkaline diet comes in.

Are Acidic Foods Like Tomatoes and Citrus Bad for Me?

Just because a food is acidic in nature, doesn’t necessarily mean it forms acid in the body. To find out the acid- or base-forming potential of foods, we actually look at something called the potential renal acid load, or PRAL, a value that measures acid excretion in the urine.

Alkaline Forming Foods

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Some legumes

Acid Forming Foods

You can find more complete lists and charts online, but you can see that the first step in following a more alkaline diet is to increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables.

If your diet looks more like the second column, your body is working harder to maintain that pH balance by releasing alkalizing minerals such as calcium and magnesium into the blood to buffer the acid. An acid-forming diet is low in these minerals, which means the body must get them from where they are stored in your bones—this may be a risk factor for osteoporosis.

What Are Some Health Benefits of an Alkaline Diet?

Increased fruit and vegetable intake has been linked with lower rates of osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases. Combine this with a lower intake of acid-forming foods, and you find even more health benefits like improved muscle retention and cognitive function. One study even showed a decrease in lower back pain when supplementing with alkaline minerals.

The bottom line is that eating more fruits and vegetables is always a good idea, and reducing inflammation and acid-formation in the body has multiple benefits for long-term health.

What Supplements Support Alkalinity in the Body?

Here are three tips to get you started on the path to a more alkaline diet:

  • Trade your morning cup of acidic coffee for alkaline green tea or homemade green juice.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day (try for half your body weight in ounces).
  • Fill half your plate with veggies at every meal.

Alkalizing Green Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 small green apple
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp. spirulina powder

Instructions:

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve over ice or at room temperature (my favorite).

Why Juice?

Fruits and vegetables provide one more substance that is absolutely essential for good health – water. More than 65% of the cells in the human body are made of water, and in some tissues, for example the brain, the cells can be made up of as much as 80% water. Water is absolutely essential for good health, yet most people don’t consume enough water each day. Plus, many of the fluids we do drink, coffee, tea, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and artificially flavored drinks each contain substances that require extra water for your body to eliminate. Fruit and vegetable juices are free of these unneeded substances and are full of pure, clean water.

Fruit and vegetable juices are good sources of traditional nutrients. Citrus fruits (grapefruit, oranges, etc.) provide healthy portions of vitamin C. Carrot juice contains large quantities of vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene. A number of green juices are a good source of vitamin E. Fruit juices are a good source of essential minerals like iron, copper, potassium, sodium, iodine, and magnesium, which are bound by the plant in a form that is most easily assimilated during digestion.

Since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, these nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the piece of fruit or vegetable was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated.

Fresh juices are a tremendous source of enzymes. In fact, the “freshness” of juice is one of their key features because enzymes are destroyed by heat. When you eat cooked foods, whether its meat, grains, fruits or vegetables, if the food is cooked at temperatures above 114 degrees, enzymes are destroyed by the heat. Since fruits and vegetables are juiced raw, the enzymes are still viable when you drink the juice.

Restore Your Vitality & Revitalize Your Body

Juicing vegetables is one of the most powerful tools one can use to obtain high level vitality and the fastest way to restore your health. Vegetable juicing will establish an environment where nutrients can be used by the body. The nutrients are rich in supply and taken directly to the cells. Iron levels will normalize very quickly just on green juices alone. The benefits are enormous. The green juices in particular will build your blood, carry oxygen to the tissues and irrigate the system, removing stagnation.

Live Enzymes & Living Juice

The simplest way to eat living food is by drinking fresh juice. Fruits and vegetables build and regenerate our body; they provide minerals, enzymes, vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins, amino acids and much more when eaten fresh or raw, without cooking or preservatives. Fresh juice is referred to as “live food” because it contains enzymes. Enzymes are protein molecules that have been found to have enormous health benefits. They have the ability to stimulate biochemical reaction. Enzymes are the body’s life force and are constantly breaking down substances and rejoining substances to rebuild and repair. Without enzymes all life would simply be a collection of lifeless chemicals. In other words, the element that enables the body to be nourished and live, the element that is hidden within seeds and plants in the sprouting and growth of plants, is a life principle known as an enzyme. Heating enzymes and vitamins causes their destruction and minimizes the vitality of your juice. Enzymes are the catalyst for hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that occur throughout the body; they are essential for the digestion and absorption of foods as well as for the production of cellular energy. Enzymes are essential for most of the building and rebuilding that goes on constantly in our bodies.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Juice for Your Daily Diet

The addition of fresh juices will immediately make our eating habits healthier by adding larger amounts of beneficial raw food in a delicious and more easily digestible form. Raw, uncooked fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Dietary experts now emphasize the importance of vitamins and minerals for normal growth and tissue maintenance and efficient absorption (enzymes). The Super Angel is perfect for a diet that depends on living and raw foods, especially hard-to-extract juices like wheatgrass and spinach as well as fibrous vegetables like beets.

The Benefits of Juice

  • Improves life expectancy and health
  • Contributes to the prevention of heart diseases
  • Helps with depression
  • Helps relieve high blood pressure
  • Helps detoxify the body, thereby helping to alleviate allergies
  • Helps with degenerative and deficiency diseases
  • Aids digestion
  • It is believed that fresh juice may assist in reducing the body’s stress by helping to correct acid/alkaline imbalances that are so common in our modern world.
  • The nutrients and enzymes found in fresh juices can immediately go to work in the body to strengthen the body’s natural immune system to help prevent disease.

Live Enzymes from the Super Angel Living Juice Extractor

Freshly prepared juices are a rich source of live enzymes. These enzymes are not only essential to the digestive process, but they are absorbed and recycled to the digestive tract. On their journey they are able to scavenge debris and effectively vacuum clean the blood of fungus, bacteria and undigested food particles which may have escaped digestion. These enzymes are crucial to the healing system. One doctor, Dr. Max Gerson found that patients using centrifugal-type vegetable juicers did not respond to therapy, while those who used a grinder and press did. There are two factors to bear in mind here: centrifugal juicers tend to kill enzymes and the juices are generally nutrient-poor, a good proportion being left in the moist pulp. The test for “live” juice is to see how long it retains its color before it goes “brown.” If you are going to seriously juice, we would recommend a more expensive juicer that triturates (grind into very fine particles) and presses with a slow RPM (keeping enzymes intact and generating no heat) that guarantees you’ll be able to juice even the more fibrous green vegetables and grasses. You will find that it will more than repay itself both in the quantity of juice extracted (a third more in many cases) and in its mineral quality, which can nearly double that from the more traditional juicers. Bottled juices are dead. They have to kill the enzymes in order to preserve juice whether through pasteurization (heat treatment) or common pickling devices such as using whey, which denatures the enzymes.

 

At first, it is essential to understand what an antioxidant is – Antioxidants are chemical substances that convert free radicals to a harmless molecule by donating an electron to the free radical. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals before they can harm our bodies. Free radicals cause damage to our cells.

Many vitamins and minerals are antioxidants but not all antioxidants are equal in nature. Antioxidants serve as a source of electrons that can be provided to free radicals without damaging the cell components. The antioxidant molecules interact with the oxygen free radicals and stop the spread of cancer-causing cells with damaged DNA.

Antioxidants prevent and slow the breakdown of another substance by oxygen. Oxidation is a process that causes damage to our tissues through the work of free radicals.

An antioxidant is a chemical that prevents the oxidation of other chemicals. In our body, nutrient antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, lycopene, selenium and vitamin E act as antioxidants.

There are numerous benefits of antioxidants. The best ways to achieve antioxidants is from organic fruits and vegetables.

According to the free radical theory, radicals damage cells in an organism that causes aging. The body naturally circulates many nutrients for their antioxidant properties and creates antioxidant enzymes just for the purpose of controlling free radicals and their chain reactions.

Free radical is a natural byproduct of our body’s metabolism. A number of factors have created an environment that causes free radicals to be overproduced. Smoking, alcohol, air pollution, infection, stress, excessive sunlight, and toxins like radiation and asbestos can increase production of harmful free radicals.

As a whole, antioxidants allows our immune system to fight against flues, viruses, and infections. It reduces the incidences of all types of cancer, prevents glaucoma and macular degeneration, reduces the risk of cholesterol-oxidation and heart disease. Antioxidants delay the normal aging process of our body and even prevents many old age diseases.

There are several thousand antioxidants that are found in various types of plant foods. Each of them has their own mechanism of functioning. Vitamin E, vitamin C, selenium, and beta-carotene are some of the most commonly known antioxidants.

Antioxidants are also sometimes referred to as anti-aging antioxidants because they help to give us youthful skin. As our body uses up the antioxidants to get rid of free radicals, it needs to be replenished from time to time by the intake of foods that are rich in antioxidants.

Foods high in antioxidants include spinach, broccoli, tomato, beets, carrots, cherries, red grapes, berries, papaya, carrots, and kale.

Foods like meat, dairy, sugar, salt, and all processed foods are free radical’s best friends and they thrive on these foods and mutate to cancer…..

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is proven to be the most effective antioxidant and helps to protect the body from the free radicals. Vitamin E is found in many common foods, including wheat germ, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.

Because of the incredible antioxidant powers, beta-carotene has proven to effectively protect against multiple types of cancer, especially targeted at lung cancer. Besides helping to protect from cancer, beta-carotene is especially helpful against vision loss. Beta-carotene also helps the skin and enhances our immunity system. The richest sources of beta-carotene are yellow, orange, and green fruits and vegetables.

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When i was in Bali earlier this month I noticed turmeric jamu on the menu of many of the places we ate. Usually served chilled, it’s a bright marigold coloured drink, intensely flavoured with turmeric, ginger and lime. It’s potent stuff with a strong flavour that I quickly acquired a taste for. I find it uniquely refreshing, and of course the knowledge that it’s incredibly good for you helps the medicine go down too.

I found myself ordering jamu at every opportunity. Some were better than others and it was obvious when dried turmeric had been used instead of fresh turmeric root. Regardless of its relative deliciousness, it always left me feeling refreshed and with a sense of wellbeing. I resolved to make some as soon as we were back home in Koh Samui, and to make it regularly.

Traditional Indonesian jamu

Jamu is traditional Indonesian medicine, predominantly made from natural ingredients including roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits. It dates back thousands of years and has some similarities to Ayurveda. In Indonesia jamu is used to address a wide range of ailments, depending on the ingredients used.

Widely available from cafes and restaurants across Bali, turmeric jamu seems to be the most commonplace. A Balinese cook told me that women traditionally drink it two or three times a week for beauty, and men drink it mixed with raw egg yolk for strength.

I also tried tamarind jamu (rather lovely in its sharpness), and have since discovered that turmeric and tamarind is a common combination in jamu.

The health benefits of turmeric

One of the most powerful healing herbs, turmeric is a rhizome or root (similar in form to ginger) that can be used fresh, or in dried powder form. Besides being a powerful anti-inflammatory, natural liver detoxifier and kidney cleanser, it’s also thought to have a host of health benefits including antioxidant, digestive, antiplatelet (decreases clotting), cholesterol lowering and anti-carcinogenic properties.

Turmeric’s health benefits come from curcumin, the active ingredient now being studied around the world for its potential health benefits in warding off dementia and cancer.

So just how much turmeric is good for you? The jury is out. Recommended dosages vary widely, depending on how it’s consumed and whether it’s a preventative or curative dose. I can’t tell you how much is in a glass of jamu, but I can tell you that many people drink it daily, and especially if they’re suffering from any type of illness.

Me? I am drinking turmeric jamu every morning in a shooter to boost my immunity and help ward off cold and flu, and upping my consumption any time I’m feeling a bit run down

It is also Blood cleaner, health tonic and is said to aid in slimming.

Excellent source of enzymes and curcumin. Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, assists in reducing cholesterol… the list goes on and on. Jamu can be drunk as often, and as much as you like because unlike western medicine, Jamu is completely safe and it’s near impossible to overdose on. For general health and well being a single glass serve a day is sufficient.

What is coconut kefir?

Coconut kefir is quite simply fermented coconut water. Typically, fermented drinks are recognized as dairy (milk kefir) and tea (kombucha) beverages, and not as much recognition has been given to coconut kefir. This may prove to be a mistake, due to the fact that coconut kefir eliminates the often problematic ingredients of dairy and certain teas for some people’s digestive systems while still allowing you to take in a highly beneficial probiotic beverage.

What are the benefits of coconut kefir?

The benefits of coconut kefir are comprehensive, but, from a high level view, this probiotic beverage is very healing to the digestive system and the liver and creates a strong immune system that is ultimately responsible for your good health.

In your digestive system, coconut kefir will enhance hydration and recolonize your gut and mucous membranes with healthy strains of beneficial microflora. Coconut kefir is superior, as it promotes a wide variety of microflora and has been said to have a much more potent effect on the digestive system than any yogurt.

Kefir also contains beneficial yeasts that are known to hunt out and destroy pathogenic yeasts in the body. These beneficial yeasts are considered the best defense against dangerous yeast organisms like Candida. They clean, purify and strengthen the intestinal walls and help the body become more efficient in resisting dangerous pathogens such as E. Coli, salmonella and intestinal parasites.

Since we have ten times more bacteria in our body than cells, creating an optimal environment for bacterial balance is paramount. Poor bacterial balance can cause blood sugar imbalances, sugar cravings, weight gain, poor

immunity, low energy and digestive disturbances. Kefir helps heal all of these problems by restoring balance to the microflora of the body. It also helps assimilate nutrients in the gut and enhance the usage of certain trace minerals and B vitamins.

Kefir’s excellent nutritional content offers healing and health benefits to people regardless of condition. The regular use of it can help relieve intestinal disorders, promote bowel movement, cleanse the endocrine system, reduce flatulence and create a healthier digestive system.

How do you work it into your daily routine?

The simplest ways to consume coconut kefir is through a shot or added to your smoothie first thing in the morning. You can also add it to other beverages, like unsweetened cranberry juice, and add a touch of stevia to sweeten if you wish. This creates a nice 1-2 combo for your liver and kidneys.

If you are new to coconut kefir, 2 to 4 ounces a day is a good start.

Some people take it first thing in the morning to wake themselves and their digestive systems up and before bed when the friendly bacteria often do their best work. Others drink it before each meal for optimal digestion. There is really no bad time to take it, but the benefits will be enhanced for you if taken during one of these times — or all of them!

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Although suppressed during years of foreign occupation, Ayurveda has been enjoying a major resurgence in both its native land and throughout the world. Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine both have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also embraced many concepts originally described in the classical ayurvedic medical texts dating back several thousands of years.

More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vital while realizing their full human potential. Providing guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit.

Tri-Dosha

Recognizing that human beings are part of nature, Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation, and structure. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire), and Kapha (Earth), these primary forces are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body.

Body Types

Each of us has a unique proportion of these three forces that shapes our nature. If Vata is dominant in our Ayurvedic Consultation system, we tend to be thin, light, enthusiastic, energetic, and changeable. If Pitta predominates in our nature, we tend to be intense, intelligent, and goal-oriented and we have a strong appetite for life. When Kapha prevails, we tend to be easy-going, methodical, and nurturing. Although each of us has all three forces, most people have one or two elements that predominate.

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For each element, there is a balanced and imbalance expression. When Vata is balanced, a person is lively and creative, but when there is too much movement in the system, a person tends to experience anxiety, insomnia, dry skin, constipation, and difficulty focusing. When Pitta is functioning in a balanced manner, a person is warm, friendly, disciplined, a good leader, and a good speaker. When Pitta is out of balance, a person tends to be compulsive and irritable and may suffer from indigestion or an inflammatory condition. When Kapha is balanced, a person is sweet, supportive, and stable but when Kapha is out of balance, a person may experience sluggishness, weight gain, and sinus congestion.

The 9 Tray Excalibur Dehydrator With 26Hr Timer and Clear Door features the Parallaxx design which uses a temperature controlled, fan forced, horizontal drying system mounted in the rear. Cool air is drawn in the back, heated and distributed evenly across each tray eliminating the need for tray rotation. During the dehydration process, warm air removes moisture from foods and is pushed out of the front of the machine.

Key Features

  • 14 square feet drying area over 9 trays
  • 26 hour countdown timer
  • Clear door for viewing ingredients as they dry
  • BPA free mesh drying screens included
  • Thermostatic control from 41ºC to 74ºC (105ºF – 165ºF) for safe drying
  • 600 Watt rear heat unit with 7″ fan
  • Made in the USA
  • FREE copy of ‘Preserve It Naturally’ dehydrating guide and recipe book

review Juicers Says

Horizontal airflow provides even drying, eliminating the tray rotation that is needed in all stacking type dehydrators. This means that drying is quicker and heat is not lost as the dehydrator doesn’t need to be taken apart to change the tray sequence. One or all trays may be removed making space for larger items such as whole fruit.

The Excalibur is easy to clean with spills falling on seamless tray bottoms. BPA free flexible mesh tray inserts hold food above the tray frames. The adjustable thermostat allows perfect drying every time and square tray design increases drying area over dehydrators with round trays. The wide temperature range provides for delicate low temperature drying and preservation of enzymes in raw food and higher temperature food drying to ensure safety for meat jerky, fish etc. Nine polycarbonate drying trays come as standard giving fourteen square feet of drying area and these are dishwasher safe. Excalibur’s own dehydration guide is included FREE with every Excalibur dehydrator. This model includes a 26 hour ‘set it and forget it’ timer so you can leave the dehydrator to switch off automatically when the preferred drying time is finished. The clear door means you can keep an eye on things throughout the drying process without removing the door and allowing heat to escape.

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Tech Specs

Model Number: 4926TCD
Colour: Black
Dimensions LxWxH (mm): 483x432x312
Motor Power (Watts): 600
Warranty: 5 years domestic; 1 year commercial
Weight Unboxed (Kg): 10