08 Aug '11, 12am

10 Food Swaps to Lower Blood Pressure

10 Food Swaps to Lower Blood Pressure

By Blythe Copeland, TreeHugger While blood pressure raises and lowers naturally, sustained elevation — otherwise known as high blood pressure, or hypertension — can damage your heart, kidneys, and even brain . More than 65 million Americans have the condition — caused by stress , aging, a poor diet, not enough exercise, obesity, smoking, or just plain genetics — and which can be managed in part by cutting back on sodium, according to the American Heart Association . The recommended daily allowance of sodium is no more than 2,300 mg — about 1 teaspoon of table salt — which adds up fast. These switches — also good for those who want to maintain low blood pressure — can help you cut your salt intake without sacrificing flavor . 1. Say No to Pre-Packaged Frozen Dinners They’re quick and easy to prepare, but many frozen meals also pack a huge sodium punch — as much as 1,800 mg ...

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