Exercise Hinders Salt’s Blood Pressure-Raising Effects

Individuals who are trying to lower their blood pressure with a low-sodium diet should increase their physical activity as well, according to researchers at Tulane University.

A team of scientists found that people who get a lot of exercise blunt the negative effects that sodium has on blood pressure levels.

To conduct the research, the team looked at how high- and low-sodium diets affected blood pressure in groups of people who exercised rarely, sometimes and often.

During the trial in which participants consumed salty diets, all experienced increases in blood pressure, but those with high levels of activity experienced significantly less severe hikes. Moreover, when the individuals switched and ate foods that were low in salt, the active group saw a 38 percent reduction in rates, while the more sedentary group only decreased their blood pressure by 10 percent.

The study was conducted on more than 1,900 Chinese participants. Study authors said they expect that the results would be the same for other populations.

The American Heart Association reports that people should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day.  

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