Updated: Jun 18
Manage what you can't see!
It has been identified through research that hypertension or high blood pressure is known as the silent killer. This may surprise many readers who are not familiar with high blood pressure or hypertension and the effect on the population. It is estimated that over 75 million people in the United States suffer from high blood pressure.
The universal cause of high blood pressure or hypertension is thought to be from our diets. It is estimated that 30% of hypertension cases can be associated with an increased salt consumption, and 20% with low dietary potassium.
How can you manage what you can't see is the question. The answer: Eliminating table salt from the diet. In order to succeed in this process we need to know the difference Salts; Sodium Chloride, and Sodium.
First of all, Salt is an organic compound combining Sodium and Chloride to form white crystalline cubes "salt." This is an important organic compound. Our body requires salt to maintain balance, but too much or too little can be harmful.
Secondly, Sodium Chloride is an essential compound that our body uses to absorb and transport nutrients. Our body requires this compound to help maintain blood pressure, to balance fluids, transmit nerve signals, and to contract and relax our muscles.
Lastly, Sodium alone is different from Salt. Sodium is a mineral and a nutrient. It is a naturally occurring nutrient found in unprocessed food such as, fresh vegetables, fruits and legumes.
Although, we may say ditch the table salt, we now understand that sodium is an important mineral and salt can be found in most of the foods that we love to eat.
Adopting simple meal plan can help to manage hypertension or high blood pressure with foods we love to eat, or add to our dining experience such as,
3. Citrus fruits
4. Salmon and other fatty fish
5. Beans and lentils
8. Herbs and spices
10. Spinach and leafy greens
13. Chia and flax seeds
In conclusion, maintaining a healthy diet by eating unprocessed foods such as, fruits, vegetables, and legumes will help to manage hypertension or high blood pressure by removing the cause: Wrong food combining, salty and sugary foods, caffeine and alcohol, red meats, and foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and trans fats.
When cause is removed, then there will be no symptoms, and no need for treatment.
Here‘s health to you Naturally!
Brenda J. Pratt, H.D., PhD