Can a Low-Salt Diet Really Prevent High Blood Pressure?
Since the early 80’s, there has been an intense anti-salt propaganda movement in government health guidelines. However, the number of people with high blood pressure has been rising despite adopting a low-salt diet.
I believe that low-salt diet recommendations and many other official pieces of ‘health advice’ are, in fact causing the exact diseases they are supposed to prevent.
Yes, I know I’m presenting this as a kindergarten teacher would, but these just seem to be facts that agencies giving ‘health advice’ don’t understand.
Sodium from salt is one of the most essential minerals for us. It’s vital to every cell in your body and plays a part in everything from nerve function to the digestive system.
In fact, studies have shown that people with diets very low in salt are more likely to suffer a heart attack than those eating a diet with typical amounts of salt.
And only a few very extreme studies comparing the absolute highest salt consumption to absolute lowest have shown any connection between salt consumption and blood pressure.
What Can Be the Risks of a Low-Salt Diet?
Health advisers also overlook the real danger of excessively low salt in the diet.
Take Steve as an example. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure a few years ago, and since then has completely transformed his life. He ate a very healthy diet. Fresh, unprocessed meals three to five times a day. Lots of fruits and vegetables. And the salt shaker was left in the cabinet.
But whether it was from actual lack of salt or an old habit, Steve’s body didn’t seem to be satisfied with the low salt diet; it craved more salt.
Steve wasn’t quite conscious about what exactly it was that his body was craving, but it created underlying anxiety in his space. After he cut out all salt, he felt a lack of energy, which is a very common symptom of dangerously low salt intake.
Making up for this unexplainable craving and lack of energy, Steve began doing something he had never done before: binging. Filling the plate two, three, or four times every meal, and still feeling tired and unsatisfied. He especially craved high calorie comfort food, such as bread and pasta. He was overloading his system.
Since Steve had been to this point very health conscious, he couldn’t understand this. One day he ran into me on the street and asked for advice. After hearing his story, I suggested buying all-natural Himalayan salt and indulging for a week. Then use it in a balanced way after that.
What Is the Alternative to a Low-Salt Diet for Controlling High Blood Pressure?
I urged Steve also to consume plenty of potassium to counteract the salt, which has been found much more effective than cutting down on salt. I also recommended that he drink plenty of water.
You can find potassium can in various foods, such as white beans, dark leafy greens, baked potatoes (with skin), dried apricots, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, and bananas.
A few days later, he was a different man. More relaxed and happy, he didn’t have the cravings or anxiety bothering him like before.
One word of warning. Most people overload themselves with sodium from packaged, microwaveable, and fast foods. The salt used in these products is extremely processed, plus there are many other chemicals that make these foods very unhealthy. So, my advice is to stay away from highly processed and fast foods altogether.
The next step for Steve was to bring his blood pressure down the right way. To do that, I taught him 3 easy exercises that have worked for thousands of clients all over the world. Here are the exact 3 blood pressure exercises I taught Steve…
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