Blood pressure is a measure of the amount of force that blood in circulation exerts upon the walls of blood vessels. The most common disorders associated with blood pressure include hypertension, or high blood pressure, and hypotension, or low blood pressure. Both conditions produce a different set of ailments and symptoms, each of which can cause other issues. Fortunately, hypertension and hypotension can be treated to a great extent through lifestyle changes alone. Here are some tips on how you can keep your blood pressure in check without letting it rise too high or drop too low.
Sodium consumption is the biggest factor when it comes to blood pressure in the body. The amount of sodium in the body impacts the ability of the kidney to expel excess water from the body via the bladder. When higher amounts of sodium are present, the kidney is unable to extract all excess fluid. This leads to higher retention of fluid in the body which then adds extra strain upon blood vessel responsible for circulation in the body. Thus, high sodium intake leads to high blood pressure; those vulnerable to the latter condition should minimize consumption of salty food. Conversely, those prone to hypotension may wish to add salty foods to their diet, especially when symptoms manifest.
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