When someone is diagnosed with high blood pressure, the first thing they are recommended to do is to cut their salt back significantly. Not only does this lead to very bland food, but it can also cause more harm than good. After several studies and research, scientists are finding that sodium is not the main problem after all.
Cutting back on sodium is a popular idea for many older individuals who have problems with their heart or blood pressure. The real issue that needs to be addressed is insulin. When insulin is too excessive in the body, blood pressure goes up, the heart beats faster, and salt is retained in the body. Too much insulin can also stimulate the production of cholesterol and make plaque build up in the blood vessel walls.
When doctors suggest cutting sodium down in a diet, they are not looking at the whole problem. Decreasing sodium intake will only change blood pressure number slightly. Reduced sodium intake in the long run has been found to higher mortality rates in many individuals. However, this doesn’t mean to go overboard with the sodium either. Most table salt and salt found in processed foods will not benefit your health.
So what should individuals do about their sodium and insulin? First individuals should use natural sea salt that still has its iodine in it. Stay away from salt that has been stripped of its nutritional properties. Natural salt with iodine can help promote a healthy thyroidand even prevent cancer. Second, enjoy natural sea salt on wholesome foods, such as steamed vegetables or fresh meat. Finally, as far as insulin goes, decrease your intake of carbohydrates. Enjoy carbohydrates that will not spike your insulin levels, such as a serving of brown rice, sweet potatoes, or quinoa. There are special breads and pastas also available that will not spike your insulin levels.
Controlling your insulin levels is a much better idea than controlling your sodium levels. Sodium intake is not the true problem at hand here, except if you are indulging in processed foods and processed salt. Take charge of your insulin levels, even if you are not diabetic, and switch to all natural sea salt to experience better health.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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