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HIGH blood pressure rarely has any noticeable symptoms and many of those with the condition won’t realise they have it. But if it’s left ignored, high blood pressure can lead to more serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease. One way to lower your reading is to eat more potassium.
High blood pressure increase the chances of life-threatening complications at any age. This is because the higher your blood pressure, the harder your heart has to work to pump blood round your body.
Hypertension puts strain on blood vessels and can enlarge your heart, making blood vessels clog, burst or leak, and can cause damage to your major organs.
These can put you at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, gout, vascular dementia, and problems with your vision.But high blood pressure can often be prevented or reduced by eating more potassium.
Potassium helps to balance out the negative effects of salt and lower your blood pressure, according to Blood Pressure UK.
It advises: “To reap the benefits of more potassium in your life, try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. (A portion is about the same size as your closed fist.)
“Not only will this help to lower your blood pressure, it will also help you to avoid certain cancers, bowel problems and even heart attacks or strokes.”
High blood pressure increase the chances of life-threatening complications at any age
Good sources of potassium include potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, tomato sauce (without added salt or sugar), orange juice, tuna (fresh, frozen or tinned, but avoid tuna packed in brine), yoghurt and fat-free milk.
But it warns: “If you have kidney disease, or are taking certain blood pressure medication, a large increase in potassium cold be harmful.
“In this case, avoid taking potassium supplements and check with your doctor before drastically increasing your potassium intake.”
Healthy eating is on of the best prevention methods when it comes to high blood pressure.
One of the hardest parts about eating healthily is making sure that you have the right foods to hand when you want to eat, says the charity.
The best way to give yourself a head start is to make sure your kitchen is stocked with the right ingredients