Cut your salt intake by cooking fresh food

If your blood pressure reading is a little higher than the ridiculously low standard that conventional medicine has set, you know you’ll get a good talking-to from your doctor about your salt intake.

It’s true, eating too much salt can make your body retain water, and water retention is a known culprit of high blood pressure.

And high blood pressure is, indeed, a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

But before you panic too much, a new study published in the May issue of Circulation has found that most of the excessive salt in your diet doesn’t come from home cooking.

In the study, researchers followed the daily diets of 450 people between the ages of 18 and 74. It turns out that the participants in the study were eating over 50 per cent MORE than the recommended 1 teaspoon of salt a day…

But it turns out that only 5 per cent of their 50 per cent excess intake came from home-cooked meals… and another 5 per cent came from sprinkling some salt on as a finishing touch.

The remaining 90 per cent came from processed foods and restaurant meals. A further breakdown showed that whopping 71 per cent of the salt came from things like crackers, soups, dressings, cake and pancake mixes, frozen foods, and pretty much everything in the snack aisle.

That means there’s a remarkably easy way to get off that salt wagon: Follow the Paleo Diet.

When you go to the supermarket, by fresh and if possible organic produce like fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, and fruits that naturally keep your blood pressure in check.

And if you ask me, it’s just too easy for conventional doctors to diagnose high blood pressure based on one reading at one time on one day.

Most doctors aren’t taking into account the whole picture – including what your blood pressure trend has been over a longer period of time.

To be honest, some people just have naturally higher blood pressure. And so, the mainstream’s threshold between “high” and “low” blood pressure might not necessarily apply to everyone.

No matter what your blood pressure is, you don’t want your salt intake to get too low – because getting too little salt can be detrimental to your health.

So, as you’re spending more time cooking fresh food at home, experiment with some of the flavourful and exotic Himalayan and Hawaiian salts that are available. Whether pink, red, or even black, they’re incredibly rich in minerals and have been shown to have a number of health benefits.

Just keep it to a dash or a pinch.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing

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