Can I lower my blood pressure naturally?
High blood pressure – the medical term for which is ‘hypertension’ – is a major risk factor for heart disease and the major risk factor for stroke. While the conventional medical approach to hypertension revolves around prescription drugs, there is scientific evidence that individuals can often successfully withdraw from their blood pressure medication, as long as positive lifestyle changes.
One of the most important factors in terms of its impact on blood pressure is salt. Excessive salt consumption is clearly linked with high blood pressure in Western societies. One study published in the Lancet in 1989 found that individuals consuming 3 or 6g of salt each day had significantly lower blood pressure than those consuming 12g of salt a day (average intake in the UK is about 10g per day). Bearing in mind these findings, I suggest you might do well to avoid adding salt during cooking or at the table. Also, processed and packaged foods should be avoided, as these tend to be rich in salt.