By Patsy Westcott in SAGA Magazine.
By focusing on your diet, you can help to alleviate the threat posed by this ‘silent killer’, says nutrition expert Patsy Westcott.
One in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure (BP) and, according to the British Heart Foundation, around seven million people have it without knowing they do.
The good news is a few simple dietary tweaks can help to keep BP in check. Cut back on sodium, found in table salt and processed foods such as breakfast cereals, tinned soups, takeaways and ready meals; keep an eye on the booze; boost potassium, found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, wholegrains, meat, poultry, fish and milk; and eat an overall healthy diet to benefit from the vital synergy of nutrients all working together.
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