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Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure

By making healthy lifestyle changes, including lowering sodium intake, improving diet and exercise, and reducing stress, you can lower blood pressure on your own terms.

By Sara Broek

One of the most effective ways to lower blood pressure is to reduce your sodium intake. Studies have shown that reducing the amount of sodium in your diet can lower your blood pressure 4–5 mmHg.

Why it works: While it is a complicated process, sodium can increase blood pressure by causing fluid retention and/or constricting blood vessels.

Your daily sodium intake should be:

2,300 milligrams of sodium or less: For adults up to the age of 50

1,500 milligrams of sodium or less: For those older than age 50, African-Americans, and those with high blood pressure

Sources: The National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association

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