In his new book, “Salt Kills,” Cardiac Surgeon Surender R. Neravetla reveals that basic table salt and blood pressure are directly connected. Along with all that hidden sodium in processed foods, salt is endangering your health and putting you at risk for a host of diseases. You see the human body is a fine-tuned, very complicated, beautiful dance of balance. Unfortunately, we do not see it that way. We see the human body as a dumping ground for whatever food item is out there to swallow.
The Human body is comprised of 0.4% sodium chloride. Just the right balance for maintaining equilibrium with water in the body. Within the human body the Active transport is responsible for the fact that cells contain a relatively high concentration of potassium ions but low concentrations of sodium ions. The mechanism responsible for this is the sodium–potassium pump, which moves these two ions in opposite directions across the plasma membrane. Various cells in the body rely on this relationship, especially cardiac cells. Pump in pump out perfect balance. But what if we shift this balance by increasing sodium in our diet.
Too much salt breaks down the balance in the human body causing the following diseases.
High blood pressure
How sodium raises blood pressure
Excess sodium in the diet becomes excess sodium in the bloodstream, which pulls water into blood vessels in an effort to dilute the sodium concentration. When the amount of blood inside the blood vessels increases, so does blood pressure. Sort of like turning up the water flow on a hose; as the water volume in the hose increases, so does the pressure.
Although nearly everyone can benefit from sodium reduction, some people are more salt sensitive than others and will experience greater fluctuations in blood pressure depending on the amount of sodium they consume. Scientific research indicates that these individuals who might benefit the most from salt reduction often include those who are older, African American, and have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
Salt (sodium chloride) is found in most foods, natural or processed, but processed foods contain much, much more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from restaurant food, prepackaged and processed foods. Only about 5 percent to 6 percent comes from salt added at the table. The best ways to cut back on sodium are:
Eat more fruits and vegetables. Canned and frozen are OK, but look for no salt added or low-sodium versions.
Read the Nutrition Facts label to check for sodium content. Sodium can vary greatly among brands of the same foods.
Eat at home more often. Try to prepare more meals from scratch, using less added salt.
Ask restaurants not to add salt. Check out the nutrition information on restaurant menus for sodium levels before you order.
Retrain your taste buds. Over time, you’ll grow accustomed to less salt and even prefer it.
So despite all the contradictive information out there many physicians are still adhering to the no salt school of thought. This was the first thing my family doctor and cardiologist said I had to kick out from my diet. Try it an see your numbers drop naturally.
Salt Kills – The Book
Below is a short interview video with Dr. R. Neravetla, in which he explains why he wrote his book, on the connection between salt and blood pressure
Posted by Eli Ben-Yehuda Eli is a licensed Registered Nurse with 12 years experience. Eli graduated with a major in nursing and a minor in psychology. His postgraduate training was in trauma, oncology, and cardiology.
With a passion for health advocacy Eli researches and writes many articles concerning improving the lives of people diagnosed with high blood pressure and the complication they experience. He believes empowering people, through education, is the best way to improve their overall health.
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