A low salt diet causes insulin resistance which causes cardiovascular disease
You’ve got high blood pressure……………
This pressure situation is a risk for a cardiovascular event and an early demise, so you’re working
at bringing it down. The first piece of advice to anyone with blood pressure problems links
to salt consumption. In short…………. EAT LESS SALT, A LOT LESS. It sounds quite
simple, but salt is one of those ingredients that makes food taste good. It especially
makes processed foods taste good, but it also makes REAL FOOD, a whole lot more palatable.
Going low salt is NOT so easy, but, it can be done. And for people with high blood pressure,
it is HIGHLY recommended. So does it help ? The short answer………….. it depends.
If you are someone who is salt sensitive, decreasing your salt intake, will lower your
blood pressure. If you are NOT salt sensitive i.e. salt resistant, it will do NOTHING….
to your blood pressure in the moment. That said, whether you are salt sensitive or salt
resistant, it will do SOMETHING, to how insulin resistant you are. No……………. it won’t
improve the situation. It will make it worse. This is what a group of researchers from Harvard
Medical school, recently discovered. Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY
TV, as we find out, what really happens when you eat TOO little salt. Better Body Chemistry
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Remember small things can make a big difference to your health. The team enlisted the help
of people with high blood pressure, that were otherwise healthy and “clean” living i.e.
they weren’t smokers, drinkers or druggers. The cut off point, the numbers needed to be
part of their study, was a blood pressure reading of more than 140/90 mmHg. Normal is
120/80 mmHg. The participants in the study, 389 in total, switched up the level of salt
in their diet, over a period of three weeks. In week one and week three, they ate their
salt doctored dinners, which had been cooked up in the research kitchen. In week 2, they
took a break from being lab rats and just ate normally. In one of the weeks, the levels
of salt in the diet, was HIGH. The other week, the diet was a low salt affair – seriously
LOW salt. Which diet came first varied. Actually, the HIGH salt number used in this study, is
pretty close to what the average American consumes. Translated into more understandable
numbers it would be around 4.5 g / day. To put this in context, health authorities routinely
recommend, people drop their sodium consumption to below 2.5 g / per day. So in this study,
the low salt diet was seriously low. On the morning of day 6, of the week long diet, the
participants were required to begin collecting their pee and to check into the Clinical Research
Centre, for a restful night. The following morning was busy…………before breakfast,
there was a blood draw, to test various hormones and things, the final squirts of urine where
added to their 24 hour urine sample and blood pressure was taken, on five separate occasions.
So what happened ? A low salt diet caused insulin resistance in everyone. In 193 patients,
the low salt diet, did indeed lower their blood pressure, these people were considered
salt sensitive. In the remaining 196 people, blood pressure did not change. So does the
fact that a low salt diet makes you more insulin resistant matter ? Probably….. Odds are,
the reason you’ve got high blood pressure, is because you’re insulin resistant. And
insulin resistance is implicated in the metabolic troubles associated with cardiovascular disease.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out… being MORE insulin resistant is NOT
a health move. Oops ! There is no doubt about it, high blood pressure is a risk for cardiovascular
disease and walking around, with your pipes filled to capacity, increases your odds of
a blowout. But, salt is not the bad guy per se. In fact, sometimes salt is even the good
guy, it helps to protect you from infections. So rather than taking aim at the amount of
salt in your diet, take aim at the real culprit, too much sugar and too much insulin. CANDY
FLOSSing is a good place to start, click on the link, to learn more about it. And begin
the journey today to creating BETTER BODY CHEMISTRY and better health. Interested in
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simple to follow and based on real science, not hype. Know someone who is suffering on
a low salt diet. Share this video with them – so they know, the little white crystal
behind their health problems, is probably not salt, but sugar and this is what really
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