Increasing potassium intake has been shown to reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. Potassium is found in many fruits and vegetables, with avocado, banana and sweet potato being particularly potassium-rich.
Potassium excretion can be impaired in some medical conditions (such as chronic kidney disease) so if you have any medical conditions, it’s important to consult your qualified medical professional before making dietary changes. help to lower blood pressure. However, the impact of this can vary from person to person – some people are more ‘‘saltsensitive’’ than others.
When considering their salt intake, many people think of the salt they add at the dinner table, but the biggest contributor to sodium intake for people living in Western countries tends to be ‘‘hidden salt’’ in processed foods.
Salt isn’t ‘‘bad’’ – our body requires a certain amount of sodium to function properly – it’s just that when we replace real whole foods with processed foods, we can tip the balance of our electrolytes (including sodium, potassium and magnesium) in the wrong direction. Choose real whole foods.