Hey! – Rob here
Your Daily Health Fix today is about …
Understanding Salt, and perhaps getting more, not less 🧐
A false vindication:
In 1972 the first guidelines for attempting to battle rising blood pressure amongst the American population were written, yet at the time there hadn’t been one single scientific experiment conducted on the issue. Later on the retrospective pre-determined experiments were carried out on mice, giving them 60 times the amount of salt the average human consumes. Despite this, the demonisation of salt had already begun to take hold and in 1982 Time Magazine published ’Salt: A new villain’ on its cover. The damage was done, but the evidence still didn’t support the claims.
Why salt is crucial:
The body maintains a tight sodium and potassium balance and regulates this very well via the kidneys and how we conserve the water we consume in food.
These two elements are crucial for neural function and cognition, for the contraction and release of muscles, for maintaining metabolic function (digestion, production and use of energy), not to mention their use in thousands of hormonal and enzymatic processes.
Most critically, without sufficient sodium, you major organs, especially the heart and brain stop functioning properly, (or sometimes at all).
The real causes of high blood pressure:
Though there are many contributors, the ones involved in the pandemic of chronic disease are high carbohydrate diets, vegetable (seed) oils, and the multitude of additives, preservatives and emulsifiers found in processed and ultra-processed food. Alcohol is regularly also a factor.
Rather than worrying about salt – eat only home cooked foods, salted to taste. To really regain control of your blood pressure, simply reduce carbohydrate consumption to less than 50g total per day – (sugar, cornstarch, grains, legumes, fruit are all carbs). People that take this approach commonly see their blood pressure normalise within about 3 weeks, without reducing salt, and without taking dangerous medications.
. . . That’s it for this dose,
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