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When Blood Pressure Isn't Healthy

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Newer blood pressure guidelines added an additional category called pre-hypertension. That is defined by a systolic blood pressure of 120 to 139 and/or a diastolic pressure of 80 to 89. Ideal is the blood pressure at or below which there are no health consequences; as in, no increase at all in heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, or kidney failure. However, no one really knows exactly what blood pressure level is ideal.

We just have guidelines put out by physicians and other health experts.

Taking Blood Pressure When Blood Pressure is Not Healthy New guidelines mean that 45 million people who thought their blood pressure was in the safe zone (under 130/85) now have to lower it.

If yours is over the new "normal" cut off of 120/80, cutting back on sodium may be enough to bring it back to healthy levels.

A product on the market that can help cut salt is salt-free Mrs. Dash Grilling Blends. You can also try using more spices and herbs in place of salt to flavor your foods.

Sodium Labeling

  • Reduced or less sodium:  At least 35-percent less sodium than the original version of the product
  • Light in Sodium:  At least 50-percent less sodium than the original version of the product
  • Low Sodium:  140mg of sodium (or less) per serving
  • Sodium Free:  Less than 5mg of sodium per serving

See also: Low Salt/Sodium Recipes

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