5 Causes of High Blood Pressure & An Eating Plan To Help Lower Your Numbers

Steer clear of canned soup and that extra glass of wine.

5 Causes of High Blood Pressure & An Eating Plan To Help Lower Your Numbers

By Toni Gasparis

Are you always confused by the numbers you hear when your blood pressure is taken? High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a result of many different factors that make it harder for your heart to pump blood throughout your body. This disruption in the body can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. In order to avoid these serious health conditions, as well as others, it's important to know exactly what causes high blood pressure.


Some things may surprise you. It turns out that some of your everyday habits could be the culprit. While knowing your family history is important, factors like what you eat and how often you exercise can help or harm your body. Take a look at these five reasons your blood pressure could be high so you can make informed lifestyle choices to decrease it. Plus, learn about the eating plan that can help lower your numbers. Always remember to get your blood pressure checked at your yearly physical — and if the numbers confuse you, ask the doctor to clarify.

Eating Salt

Salty foods are high in sodium which can make you retain water. When your body holds onto water it can put stress on your blood vessels that in turn can elevate your blood pressure. It is important to maintain a healthy and balanced diet that does not contain a lot of salt to reduce the risk of hypertension. While looking for salt in food may seem easy enough, remember that processed foods – especially canned soup – have a huge amount of hidden sodium that is bad for your body.

More: 5 Secret Salt Bombs

Drowning: How to Respond

It's critical to get the person breathing again as soon as possible.

Drowning can happen quickly. Three children die every day from drowning, and most fatal incidents happen from lack of appropriate supervision. Every minute that passes is critical in saving them or preventing serious injury. Here's what to do if you see someone drowning and you need to help rescue them.

Call 911

You should alert emergency responders as soon as possible. If there are other people around, instruct someone to make the call. If you are alone, help the drowning person until you can give CPR for one minute and then call 911 yourself (then continue life-saving measures).

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