It’s long been known that a diet high in salt and blood pressure problems are related. If you have high blood pressure, you should make sure to watch the sodium in your diet. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1500 mg of sodium each day.
That may sound like a lot of salt, but it’s actually quite a small amount given how much sodium is in the foods we eat. In nature, salt is a relatively scarce thing to find. As a result, we’ve evolved to take advantage of salt when you have it.
But with technology and supermarkets, it’s easy to find sodium all around and we’ve acquired a taste for salty foods that doesn’t serve a purpose anymore. In fact, most people eat way too much salt in this day and age.
There are some foods that are more likely to contain salt than others. If you eat a lot of processed foods, you’ll find more salt in them. Foods that come in boxes and cans are often higher in sodium.
You may also find that frozen dinners can also be higher in sodium than fresh foods. When you go to the store, try to eat more fresh foods that aren’t processed. Shopping around the perimeter of the store will get you to more produce, meats, and dairy products instead of processed foods.
If you want to eat processed foods to save time or for convenience, look for packages that are marked low sodium. And keep an eye on how much sodium you have throughout the day so that you don’t go over 1500 mg.
You can control salt and blood pressure by also paying attention to meals that you eat out. Many restaurant foods contain high levels of sodium which gives flavor, but can cause you to retain fluid and raise your blood pressure.
When you eat too much salt, you retain more fluid. This causes your blood volume to increase and puts stress on your kidneys. The effect is to raise blood pressure. If you consistently eat too much salt you can end up with chronic high blood pressure or hypertension.
It’s important to do whatever you can do through lifestyle choices to keep your blood pressure down. High blood pressure is the number one risk for heart disease including heart attack and strokes.
If you eat a diet high in sodium, it’s time to cut back. Salt and blood pressure are related intimately and improving your diet can help you to avoid having to deal with long-lasting consequences.
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