Eating too much salt can cause some people to experience an increase in blood pressure. For some, too much sodium in the body can cause excess fluid which can overwork the heart.
Not everyone’s blood pressure is equally affected by excessive salt intake. If someone’s body is salt sensitive and there is excess sodium in the bloodstream, the kidney will not be able to regulate it and it will continue to stay in the bloodstream. This eventually causes water to be pulled into the body, increasing the amount of blood and thus increasing blood pressure.
There is more to reducing sodium intake than decreasing the use of the salt shaker. Be aware of the amount of sodium in the food you purchase by checking labels. Processed foods can contain up to 75% of the sodium consumed.1 Striking a balance between the amount of sodium and potassium is a great way for regulating your blood pressure.
Understanding which foods are high in salt and blood pressure consequences can help decrease the risk of high blood pressure, which can prevent any vascular damage that can happen to your body in the long run. It’s important to begin calculating how much salt is already in your food and how much you should add to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. Even if you are young and healthy, being aware of your sodium intake and by reducing consumption of sodium will help maintain the normal blood pressure.