While high blood pressure is often attributed to excessive salt intake, uncontrolled alcohol consumption, or high stress levels, other less obvious triggers from our daily lives can cause hypertension. Here is a list of the not-so-obvious causes of high blood pressure:

  1. BPA

BPA or Bisphenol A is an industrial chemical used in the production of plastics. BPA present in plastic cans and containers usually seeps into the food we eat and causes high blood pressure very quickly.  Prolonged exposure may play a role in heart diseases as well. Use BPA-free containers and avoid microwaving food in cans that have BPA content.

2. Noise

A noisy environment, especially at night, disrupts the sleep cycle. A poor night’s sleep is a known reason for increasing stress levels and thus causing hypertension. Try to sleep in a peaceful environment and avoid noisy areas as much as possible to keep your blood pressure in check.

3. Air Pollution

Dodging air pollution can be a challenge in our times, but know that breathing polluted air is a major reason for hypertension. Avoid walking or exercising on busy roads that see a lot of traffic and try to stay indoors on days that are highly polluted.

4. Coffee

Caffeine in coffee contains stimulants that increase blood pressure and can cause serious damage over time. Limit your intake of coffee to one cup per day and avoid aerated drinks that contain concentrated caffeine altogether.

5. Potatoes

Potatoes may be the ultimate comfort food but it can cause blood sugar levels to rise. Try to reduce your intake of potatoes to a maximum of four servings a week to avoid an increase in your blood pressure levels.