It has recently emerged that too much salt is not actually the culprit for giving people high blood pressure. Obviously too much salt still isn’t a good thing, but it is the way that your body breaks down and manages sodium and it’s proportion to the amount of potassium, calcium and magnesium in your body.
It is thought now that if you have a deficiency in potassium, calcium and magnesium that they actually make salt a serious health risk. If these compounds are in good balance you can more easily manage the salt in your body.
Only around 10% of the population is sensitive to the affects of salt. This means that the rest of the population has little actual risk of developing high blood pressure because of their salt intake.
There are many ways to ensure that your natural body minerals are almost perfectly balanced, to ensure you can effectively Blood balance manage the salt you consume. Some of these are:
1. Diet. A healthy and balanced diet ensures that you take in enough nutrients for your body to manage your salt intake itself.
2. Increase your calcium intake to around 2000 mg per day. Calcium is necessary for the growth and repair of bone cells. Being a diuretic, calcium works as a signal to your kidneys, making them dispose of any excess salt. Calcium also prevents the over-production of certain hormones that may work to increase blood pressure.
3. Eat lots of potassium rich foods, or take supplements. It is thought that if you have a lot of potassium and low levels of sodium in your diet, your body will actively work against cardiovascular diseases and work towards lowering the blood pressure. But, if you have higher sodium intake compared to your potassium intake, blood pressure can elevate. If the two are well balanced, your blood pressure could start to return to a normal and safer level.
Here is a list of some foods that are rich in the necessary compounds:
Calcium – As an alternative to calcium rich dairy products, which can have adverse effects on the health and functionality of the digestive system, try eating more broccoli, spinach, and salmon.
Magnesium – Foods such as fish and shellfish, whole grains, nuts, most cereals and black beans will work towards giving you a healthy intake of around 400-800 mg of magnesium each and every day.
Potassium – bananas, potatoes, orange juice, and cantaloupe or melons all contain high amounts of potassium. Potassium is the best mineral for helping to control blood pressure, heart disease and severe hypertension.
If you do not feel that you are consuming enough mineral rich foods, supplements are available. You can purchase these over the counter at most good pharmacies and health food stores.