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Do You Have A Family History of High Blood Pressure?

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people live in some fear that their family history of health problems will affect them.  Maybe it already has, but sometimes such a history may be due to family culture more than genetics.  Most people tend to have many of the same habits and characteristics as their family largely because that is the way they were raised; what and how they ate, and what kind of activities they pursued, are also passed on.  If the family ate high fat foods, they probably still do.  If the family consumed large amounts of sodium, that is likely the kind of taste they acquired.  If the family ate like this and had high blood pressure, the problem may be far more cultural than genetic.

Sodium in Excess May Cause High Blood Pressure

When people take in large amounts of sodium, their body tries to balance it out by retaining more water.  This can dilute the sodium, but it also adds a greater load on the body to process fluid.  The kidneys must work harder to purify the blood, often resulting in kidney problems.  The heart must pump harder to move the greater quantity of fluid.  This can cause the blood vessels to thicken.  Among other problems, this can cause higher blood pressure.

Studies Have Pointed Out Strong Correlations

Many studies have been done on sodium intake and blood pressure.  Some have shown that when populations take in larger amounts of sodium, they have higher blood pressure.  Those who take in less sodium have shown to have lower blood pressure.  In China, the leading cause of preventable death is high blood pressure with more than 1 million per year.

Adding More Potassium May Improve Your Diet And Health

If you are one of those who has a family history of blood pressure for reasons other than genetics, you may want to find ways to add more potassium.  It acts to undo much of what sodium does that's bad.  Potassium can help remove sodium from the blood and cause blood vessels to relax.  Both of these will lower blood pressure.  If you have a concern about high blood pressure, you can start today by reducing sodium in your diet and increase potassium.  Plenty of potassium can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables.  Nothing's easier to eat than a banana, right? Try taking your health in your own hands today and make a difference.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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