More than fifty million Americans are affected by hypertension. It can lead to a laundry list of dangerous health conditions, including heart disease and stroke! The good news is that you can usually take care of the problem with the right diet and just a little bit of exercise.
Breaking the Salt Habit
According to a 2015 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salt still remains one of the major health hazards of American diets. Despite an increase of awareness of the dangers of high salt usage, little has changed over the last ten years. More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults consume more sodium than is recommended, almost twice as much.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious health problem for Americans. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 29 percent - approximately 70 million adults -- in the United States are victims of Hypertension. While the numbers remain high, positive changes have taken place 54 percent of patients have their high blood pressure under control compared to 31 percentfrom the period between 1999 and 2000. There's still a lot of work to be done to control this serious health issue. Simply put, blood pressure is the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. When your heart beats it pumps blood into your arteries, this is systolic pressure. Between beats, your blood pressure falls, this is your diastolic pressure. The ideal blood pressure is below 120 over 80 (120/80).