If statistics are to be believed, one in three Indians suffers fromhypertension. If you want to keep your blood pressure in-check, you need to monitor your diet especially your salt intake. This is because it is one major cause in increasing your BP since it has sodium.

When you have salt in excess, your body has a tendency to retain more water due to the presence of sodium chloride in salt. This in turn increases the volume of blood, causing an increase in blood pressure. Sodium also reduces the ability of the heart cells and blood vessels to contract and expand normally. This can take a toll on your heart’s health. Also read – 1o diet tips if you have hypertension.

How much salt should you have?
According to WHO, the recommended intake of salt per day is 5g or one teaspoon. But Indians on an average have 9g to 10g of salt daily which is causing a rise in the number of patients suffering fromhypertension.

How to reduce salt?
Nutritionist Neha Chandna recommends replacing salt with other herbs and spices in your food. You can add jeera powder, pepper, chilli flakes, oregano, oregano and lemon juice to increase the flavour of your food rather than adding more salt to it. Here are some more ways to control salt intake.

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