Do not be caught out as a result of a failure to appreciate the link between sodium and high blood pressure.
Salt is an extremely important part of our diet and has been in use for thousands of years as both a preservative and to add taste to our food. Indeed, in spite of the fact that most people in the West take it for granted, in a large number of countries it is a major economic commodity and many people will no doubt remember the important role played by salt in ending British rule in India in the middle of the twentieth century.
Unfortunately however salt can also be a major factor when we look at the problem of high blood pressure.
Salt is a compound of sodium and chloride and when we are looking at high blood pressure it is the amount of sodium we eat that has to be watched.
At first sight it may seem that controlling your salt intake is simply a matter of monitoring the amount of salt which you put into food while you are cooking and which you put on your food at the table. However, the real problem lies in the fact that the majority of the sodium in our diet is contained in the processed foods which nearly all of us buy and eat each day.
So as to ensure that you minimize your risk of high blood pressure you have to keep your intake of sodium below the government's recommended daily consumption figure of 2,400 milligrams and here are just a few tips to help you do just that:
� Do not put salt on the|Remove salt from your} table. If you are enjoying a correctly balanced diet your food will contain enough salt without any need to add more while eating, so remove the salt shaker from your table.
� Learn how to to read food labels when shopping. Food labeling laws and most foods now carry nutritional information which includes the amount of sodium which the food in question contains. You must read the label carefully as frequently the sodium figure given will apply to the whole of the pack or tin and sometimes it will apply to an individual serving.
� Select sodium free or low sodium products. A number of foods today come in sodium free or low sodium options and, wherever possible, you should buy these over the regular product.
� Select low salt snacks. Most of us like to snack but try to eat things such as vegetables and fruit and, if you cannot live without crisps, then eat varieties which are low in sodium or salt free.}
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