BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — High blood pressure is a common diagnosis but what can you do now to cut down on your chances of developing it? We’ve got tips for you during National High Blood Pressure Education Month.
People who have a history of high blood pressure in their families or people with a high salt intake are at risk of developing hypertension. Easy ways to cut down on that risk include cutting down on your salt.
Small lifestyle changes are also suggested such as walking more, losing weight if you’re overweight, and eating less sodium. Guidelines recommend up to 2,300mg of sodium per day for an adult and 1500-2000mg for those with high blood pressure.
What can you have to make your food tasty and a little healthier? Herbs and spices! You should also eat more potassium rich foods like fish, green leafy vegetables, bananas, and citrus fruits. Eating out less and avoiding processed foods are also suggested.