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Nutrition for High Blood Pressure

  • Most people with high blood pressure should consume between 1500-2300 mg/day of sodium. Ask your doctor what amount is best for you. 
  • Do not use added salt at the table and add very little salt when cooking.  
  • Read labels for canned foods and TV dinners. Foods with more than 300 mg of sodium per serving may not fit in your eating plan. Drain canned vegetables and rinse with cold water to reduce sodium.
  • Avoid fast foods.
  • Increase calcium intake by consuming three cups of skim or 1% milk, non-fat yogurt or calcium-fortified orange juice.
  • Increase fiber in your diet by eating fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grain breads and cereals.
  • Maintain or attain healthy weight. Watch portions, especially of high sugar beverages and desserts.
  • If approved by your doctor, exercise regularly to promote weight reduction, heart health and overall wellness.

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more information on nutrition for high blood pressure. 

Contact your doctor before making any diet changes as related to your medical condition(s).

To make an appointment for nutrition counseling:

Outpatient diet counseling — 484-526-1000
Diabetes Center — 484-526-3025