Stress Causes High Blood Pressure

Researchers have discovered that “when stressed, about 30 percent of blacks and 10 percent of whites hold onto too much sodium”, putting them under a “greater blood pressure load over the course of the day and probably throughout the night as well, increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

The Science

Researchers found that increased stress caused test subjects to “hold onto about 160 milligrams of salt, and the top number of their blood pressure – indicating the pressure inside blood vessels each time the heart beats – went up about seven points more than normal and stays elevated about an hour longer.”

Over the course of the day, this response adds a daily sodium load of about 500 milligrams on top of typically salt-heavy diets.

And when you consider that…

  1. The Institute of Medicine recommends a daily sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams – preferably under 1,500 milligrams
  2. And the average daily sodium consumption is about 3,700 mg,

…None of us needs stress increasing our sodium load and causing high blood pressure.

What does this mean to you???

Maybe nothing…. but it wouldn’t hurt to spend the next 5 minutes reducing your stress levels with a breathing meditation.


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

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