Did you know?
High blood pressure can be caused by dehydration because your body compensates by undergoing sodium retention. Left untreated, your body closes some of its capillary beds causing increased blood pressure and increased pressure on your arteries.
Staying well-hydrated puts less pressure on your heart, making it easier to pump blood around your body through your blood vessels!
Are the foods you eat causing you to be dehydrated and increasing your risk for high blood pressure? The average Australian consumes 3.3kg of salt each year!
Excess salt = dehydration.
Dehydration = high blood pressure.
1 slice pizza = 1/6 teaspoon (1.14g) salt.
100g packet of chips = ¼ teaspoon (1.42g) salt.
100g ham = ½ teaspoon (2.85g) salt.
Note: the foods you eat in a day should contain no more than 1 teaspoon of salt (5.7g).
Not all drinks are created equal.
When it comes to getting hydrated, not all drinks are created equal. You might already know that caffeine can cause you to urinate more often than usual, but did you know it is found in more than just coffee? It is also found in these popular drinks:
Beat dehydration and high blood pressure by trying these tips to increase your water intake:
1. Have a glass of water at every transitional point of the day: when you first get up, just before leaving the house, when you sit down to work, etc.
2. Bring a 2 litre bottle of water to work. Drink from it periodically throughout the day and try to finish it all before you leave. If you don’t finish it at work, aim to finish it before you eat dinner. Make it a daily challenge.
3. If you don’t like the taste of water, add a few slices of lime, lemon or orange to your water bottle for extra flavour.