How can what I eat improve high blood pressure?

Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It is possible for many people to lower their blood pressure by making healthy changes to their diet and lifestyle.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when blood vessels become less flexible, which causes a build-up of pressure. The heart has to work hard to pump blood around the body against this extra pressure. Many people with high blood pressure have no symptoms so it is important to have blood pressure checked regularly.

Having high blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. It can also lead to problems in other parts of the body such as the eyes and kidneys.

Some healthy lifestyle habits that may help to reduce blood pressure include:

  • Eating less salt (sodium)
  • Drinking less alcohol
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Being active every day
  • Not smoking
  • Eating a healthy diet.
An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) can help you to identify and make dietary and lifestyle changes to reduce your blood pressure.