Cut salt to lower blood pressure

By WEEK Producer

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 8:42 PM CDT

Quick fixes are great, but often hard to come by.

But when it comes to your blood pressure, there is something you can start cutting from your diet today that can have an immediate impact.

Doctors say decreasing the amount of sodium in your diet will go a long way.

High levels of sodium are thought to lead to the development of high blood pressure.

For most people, the ideal blood pressure reading is 140 over 90.

So if you're trying to keep your blood pressure under control, cutting the amount of salt in your diet is a good place to start.

"There's a few things that have been proven to reduce blood pressure, one being low salt in your diet. That's especially the sodium in your diet. That plays a big role," said Dr. George Thomas of the Cleveland Clinic.

You can also check the labels of the food you eat and keep your sodium intake under 2000 milligrams per day.

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