Blood Pressure Diet: What’s Potassium & Sodium Do?
Do you have any concerns regarding your blood pressure? We all need to take care of it.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, affects one out of every three adults (about 75 million people) in the U.S.
If left unchecked, this condition may lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, and even sexual dysfunction.
Some of the risk factors associated with high blood pressure include age, health conditions like diabetes, family history, lifestyle choices like smoking, and diet.
What Does Potassium & Sodium Have to Do With Blood Pressure?
The kidneys help control your blood pressure by filtering your blood and sucking out any extra fluid, which it then stores in the bladder as urine.
This process uses a delicate balance of potassium (K) and sodium (Na) to pull the water across a wall of cells from the bloodstream into a collecting channel that leads to the bladder.
When there is an excess amount of sodium in your bloodstream, it pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total amount (volume) of blood inside your blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure.
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Blood Pressure Diet: What’s Potassium & Sodium Got to Do With It?
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