This is because conventionally trained doctors are still relying on older studies which showed individuals with high sodium and low potassium intake have a higher risk for hypertension, and hypertension is related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and mortality ….but what if these studies misinterpreted the data or failed to take into account other minerals that the body needs to be in balance?
The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) looked at the effect of high sodium intake on the risks of cardiovascular disease mortality; including hypertension risk. Importantly the analysis also looked at the association of the ratio between sodium and potassium intake and the risks for cardiovascular disease mortality. In addition a 2005 Korean Study also acknowledges the importance of a mineral imbalance and not just sodium in high blood pressure.
High blood pressure is actually an imbalance of minerals…
Functionally trained practitioners have been talking about this with their patients for some time. We know there is a correlation between eating a diet high in vegetables, fruits and legumes and having a lower incidence of hypertension vs. eating a diet of mostly processed foods which increases risk for hypertension.
In a 15-year follow-up study, done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and published in the July 1011 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, people with the highest ratio of sodium to potassium in their diet had a significantly increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease compared with those who had the lowest ratio of sodium to potassium intake. This was the first large, nationwide study where the CDC followed a large number people looking at both sodium and potassium at the same time.
Coauthor Dr Elena V Kuklina (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). said “The major implications of our findings are that a diet balanced in both micro nutrients is important. Her advice? …”People should try to reduce sodium in particular by consuming less processed food, but also they should increase potassium intake, and this is easily done by eating more fruit and vegetables and dairy products, which are a good source of potassium and low in sodium”
~Exactly!!! Eating more fruits and vegetables naturally provide the body with the right ratio’s of vitamins and all minerals with very little sodium.
Dr. Kuklina says …’people must understand the massive impact that processing has on foods: for example, 100 g of unprocessed pork contains 61 mg of sodium and 340 mg of potassium, she notes, but turning this into ham alters that ratio significantly, to yield a whopping 921 mg of sodium and, to boot, reduces the potassium content to 240 mg. (Well duh!)
All salt is not the same!
Salt has had a bad rap and that’s because of the type of salt most people still consume which is table salt.
All salt is not the same. And we do need real salt, the kind that is complete and as nature made it. Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt are good healthy salts. Unlike table salt which is actually 97.5 percent sodium chloride, 2.5 percent man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, natural salt is 84 percent sodium chloride, 16 percent naturally occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorous and vanadium.
Too much or too little?
Very often high blood pressure stems from an excess or deficiency of minerals. For example; a zinc deficiency causes the arteries to become hard, brittle and often inflamed instead of soft and flexible. This loss of flexibility will raise the blood pressure, in particular the systolic pressure.
Cadmium, mercury, lead, copper and other toxic metals may replace zinc in the artery walls and contribute to the brittleness and hardness of the arteries. In this common type of high blood pressure, often there is a large spread between the blood pressure numbers.
Excess levels of cadmium, mercury and lead may or may not be present on early hair analyses, but will show up later as it is eliminated. 1.
Magnesium works like magic!
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at a total of seven studies collectively covering more than 240,000 participants. The results showed that dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of ischemic stroke. 3.
Magnesium helps regulate the muscle tone of the circulatory system, which is how a deficiency can affect blood pressure. A magnesium deficiency can have a negative effect on other heart- and aging-related processes. According to the National Institute of Health, magnesium is responsible for more than 300 cellular functions in the body. It is stored in the bones and tissues of the body, and deficiency usually only happens when there is not an adequate dietary intake of it. 4.
Trace minerals are also important as co-factors for many metabolic processes in the body including those that help regulate diastolic and systolic blood pressure.
Balance is key here and the simplest way to stay balanced is to eat many more vegetables and fruits and eliminate boxed and pre-packaged foods. Remember that if you dine out you are consuming an abundance of sodium chloride because most restaurants use this cheap salt in their cooking, plus they rely on a system of ready-made foods from restaurant supply companies that are highly processed and loaded with this cheap salt.
Adding a highly bio-available mineral product such as a colloidal mineral product is also very helpful for re-establishing proper balance.
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~ Just one more reason to cook your own food and eat your veggies!
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