Sodium Decrease

CLEVELAND, OH-- Quick fixes are great, but often hard to come by. When it comes to your blood pressure though, there is something you can start cutting from your diet today that can have an immediate impact.

Dr. George Thomas treats high blood pressure at Cleveland Clinic. He said decreasing the amount of sodium in your diet will go a long way. "There's a few things that have been proven to reduce blood pressure, one being low salt in your diet. That's especially the sodium in your diet. That plays a big role."

High levels of sodium are thought to decrease the synthesis of nitric oxide in the body. This constricts blood vessels, causes the blood to experience more resistance, which leads to the development of high blood pressure. For most people, the ideal blood pressure reading is 140/90.

If you're trying to limit your intake of sodium to help keep your blood pressure under control, cutting the amount of salt in your diet is a good place to start. "You should make sure that your sodium intake, or salt intake, is less than one teaspoon full a day. That's the total amount," said Dr. Thomas.

You can also check the labels of the food you eat and keep your sodium intake under 2000 milligrams per day.

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