Consuming too much salt could lead to hypertension, a condition commonly known as high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of death. Genetics can play a role in whether an individual can develop hypertension. We can nevertheless help prevent high blood pressure in the following ways.

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Read food labels

Be sure to read food labels of products before purchasing them. Keep a lookout for the salt content. Some words to look out for include, salt, sodium and sodium chloride.

Most canned foods contain some degree of salt as it is a preservative that assists in inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Knowing what ingredients are already added to canned foods can help you to adjust your cooking process as well. For example, it may not be necessary to add any further salt to your meal if it was canned or already has salt added to it.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.

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