Hypertension can easily be controlled with a few changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits. Apart from prescribing medicines for the condition doctors suggest living a more active life exercising more and eating right. After all hypertension is a gateway to other heart diseases and makes you prone to atherosclerosis and heart attacks. Dietary changes usually involve reducing your salt intake by cutting down junk food and sticking to home-cooked low-salt meals. These changes not only help in lowering or controlling your blood pressure levels but they make you healthier by helping you lose a little bit of body weight.