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Salt and blood pressure

In the developed world, more deaths are associated with high blood pressure than with smoking - and salt is a major contributor.

Experts say that a high salt intake can be a major factor in high blood pressure, which can increase the risk of a heart attack and stroke. 

Find lots of helpful information about salt's impact on blood pressure on Blood Pressure UK's website. 

Salt and hypertension

According to CASH (Consensus Action on Salt and Health) anyone can have high blood pressure, which is one of the main causes of stroke, heart disease and a range of other issues. High blood pressure or hypertension affects one in three British adult population but because the condition is usually symptomless most people have no idea they are at risk until it is too late. Find out more on the CASH website


Top tips for health

Blood Pressure UK tips to lower your blood pressure:

  • Eat less salt
  • Eat more fruit and veg
  • Keep to a healthy weight
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Get more active

SaltSwitch

The FREE SaltSwitch App is a new feature of the popular health app, FoodSwitch, which was developed by CASH. This app makes it easier than ever to switch to less salty, and therefore healthier, food choices in your weekly shop.
 Foodswitch