salt

  1. Cut your salt intake by cooking fresh food

    Go Paleo to reduce your sodium consumption

    Time and again, we've all had to endure the tight squeeze of the blood pressure cuff in the doctor's office.

    And if the reading comes back even just a little higher than the ridiculously low standard that conventional medicine has set, you'll get a good talking-to about your salt intake.

    It's true, eating too much salt can make your body retain water, and water retention is a known culprit of high blood pressure.

    And high blood pressure is, indeed, a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

    But don't rush home and throw out the salt shaker just yet -- because a new study published in the May issue of Circulation has found that most of the excessive salt in your diet doesn't come from home cooking.

    It's from the drive-thru!

    In the study, researchers followed the daily diets of 450 people between the ages of 18 and 74. Now, the recommended serving of salt for the average American is just one teaspoon a day -- but it turns out that the folks in the study were eating over 50 percent MORE than that.

    But only 5 percent of all that salt came from adding salt while they prepared a home-cooked meal... and another 5 percent came from sprinkling some salt on as a finishing touch.

    The remaining 90 percent? Store-bought foods and restaurant meals.

    A whopping 71 percent of the salt came from things like crackers, soups, dressings, cake and pancake mixes, frozen foods, and pretty much everything in the snack aisle.

    That means there's a remarkably easy way to get off that salt wagon: Go Paleo.

    When you go to the grocery store, shop only the outer aisles. That's where you'll find all the fresh meats, seafood, vegetables, and fruits that naturally keep your BP in check.

    But If you ask me, it's just too easy for conventional doctors to diagnose you with high blood pressure based on one reading at one time on one day.

    Most docs aren't taking into account the whole picture -- including what your blood pressure trend has been over a longer period of time.

    To be honest, some folks just have naturally higher blood pressure. And so, the "limits" that the mainstream medical community put out -- that is, the threshold between "high" and "low" blood pressure -- might not necessarily apply to you.

    No matter what your BP is, you don't want your salt intake to get TOO low -- because getting too little salt could KILL you.

    So, as you're spending more time cooking fresh food at home, experiment with some of the flavorful and exotic Himalayan and Hawaiian salts that are available. Whether pink, red, or even black, they're incredibly rich in minerals and have been shown to have a number of health benefits.

    Just keep it to a dash or a pinch.

  2. Too much salt linked to premature death

    Don't let this new study mislead you about dangers of salt

    If your blood pressure has ever been a little on the high side in the doctor's office, then you've already heard the mainstream medicine lecture on salt.

    Over the years, the blame for blood pressure problems has been placed across the board on salt -- despite the fact that a study earlier this year showed that avoiding salt won't lower your blood pressure.

    And now, a new study has got the mainstream patting themselves on the back, saying they were right all along. But a closer look at the research shows that reaching for the salt shaker isn't an all-or-nothing decision -- it's all a matter of quantity and quality.

    A major 25-year study just published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that increasing your salt intake from 1.5 to 2 teaspoons a day can increase your odds of premature death by 12 percent.

    That may be true -- if you're eating a lot of salty snacks, processed foods, and fast food.

    It's not coming from tossing one too many pinches in your homemade soup, or going overboard with the salt shaker at the dinner table. Massive amounts of salt are in your foods like instant noodles, canned soups, bottled salad dressings, and more.

    You're not eating it by the spoonful, so it may not feel like you're consuming a lot of salt -- but trust me, all those processed foods are packed with salt that you might not expect, and you sometimes can't even taste.

    If you're like the average American, you're taking in about 3,400 mg of salt per day. But in the study earlier this year, researchers found 3,400 mg a day to be a quite safe level. So adding half a teaspoon to that amount is not going to make a big difference in your overall health.

    But if you have high blood pressure and you also consume a very high level of salt -- over 6,000 mg a day -- you actually are putting yourself at risk. In that case, decreasing your salt intake to a moderate -- not low -- level could reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

    Try a pinch of kosher salt -- which has a courser grain -- or even sea salt, which can have more of a "flaky" texture. Sea salts can be so flavorful on their own that you don't need to add a lot to season your food.

    And they've got the same sodium amount by weight -- but because of their texture, the sodium in courser salts is actually lower by volume.

    More importantly, start eating REAL food -- fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables -- and your sodium intake will go down to moderate levels in no time.

  3. Study exposes sham war on salt

    Dutch research proves Americans should be consuming two to three times as much salt as recommended by the federal government.
  4. No new limits for salt

    The Institute of Medicine says there's no need to keep lowering salt levels.
  5. Low salt won't save lives

    A new study claims a low-salt diet will save hundreds of thousands of American lives -- but that's just not true.
  6. Let them eat nothing!

    The Nanny State would rather see people STARVE than eat food that doesn't meet Big Mother's approval -- and that's not even an exaggeration.
  7. How the 'staff of life' is killing you

    Look at the ingredients in a loaf of bread and you'll see a long list of what NOT to eat.
  8. Overeaters are underthinkers

    Want to keep your mind? Lose the weight. I won't mince words here: Fat people have a higher rate of any number of brain problems, from depression right on up the ladder to dementia.
  9. School lunches now worse than ever

    It's Friday again, and that means it's time for my weekly look at Big Mother's relentless assault on your freedom to choose your family's food. On the menu this week: school lunch.
  10. Why you need MORE salt

    There's no other way to put it: Any doc who's still pushing the government-backed low-sodium diet is a complete ignoramus, plain and simple -- because the problem facing most Americans these days isn't too much salt... it's TOO LITTLE!

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