GEHA | February 17, 2020
If you’re trying to lower your high blood pressure – or keep it from getting too high in the first place – you may need to watch how much sodium you consume.
While sodium is an essential mineral, too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure or raise it. Water is attracted to salt, which makes you retain fluid. And fluid retention can lead to hypertension.
The American Heart Association suggests no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg a day for most adults. Just one teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 mg of sodium. So reducing your salt intake is a good way to reduce your overall sodium levels.
Follow these tips, including:
Your primary care physician will monitor your high blood pressure. If you are taking medication, do not stop taking it without consulting with your physician.