2. Reduce sodium intake
Your kidneys are responsible for drawing extra water out of your blood, which is eventually excreted through your urine. In order for your kidneys to do this, potassium and sodium levels must remain in balance. Consuming too much salt upsets this balance and raises your blood pressure. Most salt is hiding in processed foods, so go back to the basics by including more whole foods in your diet. Use spices to flavor your dishes, and opt for low sodium packaged foods when you need something fast. As you begin to reduce the amount of salt you eat, you’ll notice that your taste buds change and you no longer desire salty foods.