3 ways to lower your blood pressure
Health editor Karen Evenett offers easy ways to feel better…
1. Cut down on salt – this should be top of your list. We each eat an average 8g of salt per day in the UK. Cutting down to 3g can reduce your systolic blood pressure (this is the top number and matters most to your health if you’re over 40) by 10-12mm, according to the Blood Pressure Association.
2. Avoid liquorice. Black liquorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which mimics the effects of a hormone called aldosterone, which, at high levels, increases the level of sodium in the blood, causing blood pressure to rise. Studies show that taking glycyrrhizin daily (for example in a liquorice tea) for two to four weeks can raise blood pressure by up to 14.4mm.
3. Lose weight – studies show you can lower blood pressure by 1mm for every kilo that you lose. Aim to get back to the lowest BMI you’ve had within the healthy range (19-25) as an adult, and to stick there.