8 Great Ways to Lower Blood Pressure: Sodium Aside

By EatingWell Editors

Focus on what you can do right now—plus try some low-sodium recipes.

8. Cultivate inner calm. Studies show that meditation brings blood pressure down—probably by modulating physiological stress responses. You don’t have to sit in the lotus position, say “om” or think spiritual thoughts. Simply tuning in to your breathing—for even 10 minutes—may do the trick. Close your eyes (and the door), turn off the cellphone. Now… breathe.

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