"One of the most common dietary habits when it comes to possibly increasing your blood pressure is consuming a diet high in sodium," "Which surprisingly, doesn't come from the salt shaker
but rather from processed, packaged foods like deli meats, smoked and canned foods, and snack foods like chips and dips." the American diet is laden with these salty foods,
and some people can be more sensitive to them. Instead focusing on consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables. eating less packaged items, rinsing off canned foods before eating them, and
opting for less salty foods like grilled chicken instead of deli chicken.There's another eating habit that can affect your blood pressure that's exacerbated by consuming too many salty foods
being chronically dehydrated. "We simply don't drink enough water, and when you couple a high sodium diet with a lack of water intake, it is a recipe for retaining water, not feeling so great,
and possibly increasing your blood pressure," Although stress is not an eating habit, Burak states that stress is currently and adamantly present in our daily lives, and it still can easily affect
our blood pressure through food. "Higher levels of stress go hand in hand with food choices, which is why you might find yourself reaching for salty crunchy chips or sugary chocolate
when you're extra stressed, which in turn can both affect your blood pressure.Constant sitting is also a non-food-related habit that still affects your body and what it consumes.
"There is overwhelming research that moving your body consistently and staying in good shape keeps your heart strong and healthy, and blood pressure at a safe level. Moving and sweating also helps
to flush out excess salt intake which can only help blood pressure." However, although not an eating habit per se, it still affects the way your body handles food.
"When you start at the top and find ways to lower your stress levels, for example by walking outside most days, then your eating and drinking habits will also most likely improve,"
"Looking at the big picture when it comes to habit changes is the most effective and long-lasting way to slowly improve your overall health."