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Worst Foods for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a pretty common problem, in fact, according to Reader’s Digest it affects one in three people. Many of these people won’t even know they have it because high blood pressure usually offers no symptoms, so it can go unnoticed for quite some time which is incredibly dangerous because it’s a huge risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Luckily, there are things that can be done to manage or protect against high blood pressure, like eating a healthy diet. Eating healthy typically means limiting or eliminating certain foods, including these 15…

1. Salt

We all need a little salt in our diet, but too much salt isn’t good for anyone and it’s especially bad for someone with high blood pressure. Everyday Health notes that for most people a low sodium diet will help manage blood pressure levels. “The higher the sodium intake, the higher the blood pressure,” says Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH, a clinical hypertension specialist, director of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change, and associate professor of medicine for the division of general internal medicine at New York School of Medicine in New York City when talking to Everyday Health.

How exactly does sodium affect blood pressure? It causes water to go into the blood stream which inadvertently increases the amount of blood and blood pressure. Don’t worry, you don’t have to throw away your salt shaker. Ali Rahimi, MD, a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente in Atlanta tells Reader’s Digest that most of the sodium we consume is from processed foods, so just be sure to limit your intake of processed food, read food labels, and eat more fruits and veggies.

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