LOW SODIUM AND ACTIVITY LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a major cause of stroke. It’s no secret that high salt intake can increase blood pressure, so it is recommended to consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. But there may be a diet containing high levels of sodium and does not increase blood pressure? Yes! And the key is physical activity.
A study conducted at Tulane University of Public Health, found that the more exercise is done, unless increases blood pressure in response to a high salt diet. In the first week, the subjects began with a diet containing 3,000 mg of sodium per day and then in the second week the dose was increased to 18,000 mg. Although all subjects demonstrated an increase in blood pressure, people who participated the most followed in physical activity had a 38% lower risk of being salt sensitive compared to less physically active group also were less likely to see 5 percent or more in an increase in blood pressure in response to the highest dose of sodium.
By switching to a low-sodium diet, a person can reduce their risk of developing hypertension, but also to increase physical activity, people can further reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure as they age. And not only helps prevent, but can help reduce high blood pressure already exists.
Tips to reduce the sodium:
- Eat fruits and vegetables instead of chips and crackers.
- When eating out, ask the service personnel who cooks prepare food without adding salt or better yet try not sort salty foods.
- Use herbs and spices for cooking instead of salt.
- Avoid consumption of frozen foods and ready meals. They contain a lot of sodium.
- Buy fresh, frozen or canned “with no salt added.”
- Use fresh poultry, fish and lean meat, rather than canned or processed types.
- Rinse canned foods, such as tuna to remove some sodium.