How much potassium should you consume to reap the benefits?
According to the study, published in American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism, because our bodies evolved to deal with a low sodium, high potassium diet, “consuming a surfeit of dietary potassium” is a “good strategy”.
Good sources of potassium include: potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, tomato sauce (without added salt or sugar), orange juice, tuna (fresh, frozen or tinned, but avoid tuna packed in brine), yoghurt and fat-free milk.
In addition to adhering to a low-sodium, high-potassium diet, exercising forms another key aspect of blood pressure management.
How does exercise help to lower blood pressure?
Mayo Clinic explains: “Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort.