When people think of deadly diseases, hypertension isn’t going to be on most of our short lists. I mean, it’s basically high blood pressure, right?! Literally everyone on wallstreet has it so what’s the big deal? The brutal reality is that there are roughly 75 million Americans currently suffering from this somewhat silent killer which can cause strokes, vascular disease, chronic kidney disease and myocardial infarction, which is what we call a heart attack.
So how do we define high blood pressure anyway? There’s two terms we pay attention to when looking at a threat of hypertension and those are systolic and diastolic pressure. The first relates to your hearts arteries when it is contracted and the second is measured when your heart relaxes. If your systolic pressure is above 140 or your diastolic pressure is above 90, you are at risk for suffering from hypertension.
As with many diseases and ailments, prevention and early action can greatly reduce or avoid showing symptoms of being, “Hypertense”. Here’s ten super simple ways to lower your blood pressure.
10. Less Sodium Is Better
It’s pretty much a given that too much salt in a diet is going to cause some negative impact. While organizations such as the American Heart Association suggest a daily salt intake of 1500 mg, the average American is taking in about 3400 mg a day; that’s more than twice the recommended dose!
Recently, there has been some skepticism about whether or not sodium can impact your blood pressure. To that argument, I pose this thought: even if sodium is not a contributor for hypertension, it still poses a myriad of other symptoms worthy of limiting its intake. Salt is delicious but try and keep the dose small.