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Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk of heart disease and other serious health conditions.
Adding foods rich in potassium to your diet may help lower your blood pressure.
Providence physicians say it’s important to check with your doctor to make sure diet changes are right for your health.
If you’re an adult living in the U.S., there’s a nearly one in two chance you have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly half of American adults suffer from this condition, and many don’t even know it.
High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease and other life-threatening health conditions. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to lower the chances you’ll develop the disease known as “the silent killer.”
Increasing the potassium-rich choices in your diet is an easy addition to your heart-healthy strategy. Fruits like bananas and vegetables like spinach are the best sources of this mineral, but potassium is also found in dairy products, fish, meat, and whole grains.
Want to add more potassium to your diet? Here are five foods that will get you off to a good start. Bon appetit!
* Always discuss diet changes with your doctor to make sure they are right for you.
* USDA 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Sources of Potassium
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