Rachit Dua

The missing piece to the puzzle : Potassium - Hypertension

October, 2017
The Master Responds

We’ve all heard about hypertension and how it plagues the lives of people, especially in metropolises. A recent study published in the Journal of Hypertension says that around one-third of India’s urban population and one-fourth of the rural population are hypertensive. At this point it is important to tame your spikes in blood pressure by keeping a check on your sodium intake.

Understanding Hypertension

High blood pressure can be defined as a condition where your blood pressure exceeds its normal range of 120/80. But the real danger zone exists when your blood pressure peaks over 140/90. Also known as a silent killer, this disease has no major symptoms and it directly inflicts harm on your arteries and the heart, along with other internal vital organs. As a result, the person becomes vulnerable to stroke, heart attack and in extreme cases, even blindness. What adds to the problem is if the person indulges in vices such as smoking, the consumption of alcohol, and junk food (high in trans-fat), etc., it will most likely set your life’s trajectory towards hypertension. However, when a person with hypertension visits a doctor, the first thing to happen is the elimination of sodium (common salt) from the person’s diet, but there is a forgotten mineral which plays an equally, if not more, important role in the regulation of blood pressure, and that is: Potassium.

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