The Myth that Salt Causes High Blood Pressure
By now you have been scared straight by your doctor or friends into eating a low sodium diet. You no longer eat seasoned foods because you are afraid that “ your blood pressure” will go up. Someone has to remind you of the last time you ate a meal that you enjoyed. Why? All because you have heard that salt causes high blood pressure. Yet, salt is an essential nutrient that contains sodium and chloride? The sodium helps the body with regulating nerves and muscle functions. Chloride is a chemical the human body needs for metabolism (a process where food is transformed into energy). It also helps keep the body’s acid base balance. So far it does not sound like salt is as big a monster as people have made it out to be.
One common instrument that farmers put out for their cows are salt licks. They are very important in providing nutrients in the growth of the cow, and cows or other animals don’t tend to struggle with high blood pressure. The reason is that the cow will take from the salt lick until it feels that it is satisfied and has had enough. Much of the time, this same principle can be applied by humans. Moreover, you can salt your food to taste and nothing will happen to you because high blood pressure is not caused by salt intake. It is rather a deficiency in a certain mineral. Japanese people who live years longer than Americans and have half the cancer rate and heart diseases, eat 12 grams of salt daily which is three times the amount of Americans.
The reality is that table salt is the big issue NOT natural sea salt. When you are told that salt causes high blood pressure they really mean that table salt causes the ailment. Sea salt is very natural and contains essential nutrients necessary for the body. Table salt is a mixture of several different caking agents and unhealthy ingredients.
The Journal of American Medical Association has yet more concrete information that salt is not the causer of high blood pressure. A cardiology study showed that if you have high blood pressure and restrict salt, you will not see any real benefit. Only two to five percent of those that restricted the salt seen any benefit. He went on to say that there is no need to get paranoid about salt because there is no proof that it causes blood pressure problems. Researchers believe that problem is that the government makes general recommendations to the entire country when the information is more than likely applicable to a select few. Several doctors have stated that the underlying cause of high blood pressure is the lack of the nutrient calcium and eating bad foods, whether processed or fried.