Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blood Pressure Association's Five Top Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Blood Pressure Association's Five Top Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure

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1. EAT LESS SALT Too much salt raises your blood pressure, so it is important to eat as little as possible. Most of the salt you eat is not what you add to your food, but is in prepared foods like bread, breakfast cereals and ready meals. Don't add salt to food when cooking or at the table. When shopping for food, check the labels and choose low-salt options when you can.

2. EAT MORE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES Eating more fruit and vegetables helps to lower your blood pressure. Adults should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. A portion is 80 grams, or roughly the size of your fist. Try to eat a range of different fruits and vegetables. Dried, frozen and tinned are fine, but watch out for added salt, sugar or fats.

3. KEEP TO A HEALTHY WEIGHT Losing weight, if you need to, will help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of health problems. The best way to lose weight is to choose more low-fat and low-calorie foods, and increase your physical activity. …

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