High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice

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  • agree with doctor that less salt is good for BP.  now for salt consumers, my 10 cents on the subject.  Salt is not just salt nowadays.  there is processed (usually iodized) salt, sea salt, rock salt.  processed salt is the most convenient but the most toxic and to be avoided.  Don't be fooled by the iodine.  iodine should be preferably got from whole foods.  too much and too little iodine can both adversely affect you.  if you must use salt preferably use sea salt or rock salt.  these have 82 elements besides Na Cl.

    of course, remember not to use ANY salt in excess

  • I think is not salt but the type of salt. Table salt contain no minerals, thus the harm. The human body should be able to remove anything excessive. Thus high blood pressure is an indicator not a problem.

  • I've been on a plant based diet for 3 months now with low to no sodium and fat. I started with really high blood pressure, not overweight and very active exercising daily. I stopped taking my blood pressure medicine when I started my change in lifestyle l, however my blood pressure is still high. I have some issues with stress management but I would think that my blood pressure would have dropped by now, this issue is scaring me and i am almost ready to go back on my Meds last BP measurement was 150/95… Need some advice… What do I do now? Any tips to lower BP? Thx

  • Recently many elderly friends have been hospitalized for hyponatraemia – but uncertain about all of their prior BP and medication. At least one was medication-free.

  • I don't think high BP is entirely caused by diet. I've seen a few vegans now that have high BP and they eat a low fat, whole foods diet. There were other studies down on how high fruit or high amounts of fructose intake effecting the BP. I'm not entirely convinced that salt and fat is the sole cause of high BP especially when healthy vegans have issues with it. I did for some time and honestly, I cut back on fruit and sugar and HUGE amounts of carbs (not on a low carb diet at all) and I've also incorporated healthy fats (whole food fats). My BP has been normal as of late. Also, stress. That's a huge one. These super low fat diets are bogus in my opinion. Unless you have a heart condition, lowering your fat so much can mess you up! I get people who eat a standard american diet can lower their BP by simply switching to a whole foods plant based diet but…this whole 80/10/10 stuff is getting a little out of control. I'd like to see the studies done on how keeping fat down too low can effect your hormones and thyroid. Nobody seems to talk about that very much. Yet, time and time again, people give up a vegan diet because they have thyroid issues. Wonder why… sarcasm.

  • Thank zou so much for the great work! Also, in another movie bz Dr. Greger he sazs that Olive oil nad sunflower oil could paralzye the blood vessels for some hours. Knowing that, adding plants and excluding animal fats and salt we can cure from that disease.

  • As specialist, I do believe Hybetez Remedy is actually good way to cures your hypertension naturally. Why don't you give it a chance? maybe it can work for you too.

  • Dr. Greger is an expert about animal foods and plant foods and has over 100 videos on them. In this video he says that salt is the sole cause of high blood pressure. Maybe this will help. Wild animals do not eat salt and do not get high blood pressure. That is correlation and can come from hundreds of things. Here is a causation study. They gave wild animals (rats & monkeys) salt. They got high blood pressure. The more salt they gave them, the higher the blood pressure. Salt is not a food and is as addictive as heroin. See http://hub.me/ajMJb for the details of this information. About the question below. Many things can prevent hypertension, for example walking 20 miles a day.

  • I used to argue against Greger on this issue on his webpage for comments. I quoted some opposite studies, and quoted Dr. Browning an advocate of Himalayan salt. But, now that I have watch this video about 3 times. I have been persuaded by Dr. Greger's arguments that avoiding salt is something I should do. I look at this way, if Gorillas whose DNA is very close to ours are able to live a healthy life without sea salt, or Himalayan salt, then so can I. I am also thinking that if Gorillas can live a healthy life without vitamin supplements, powders, smoothies, and juicers…..then so can I.

  • http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/its-time-to-end-the-war-on-salt/ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2752096/Salt-DOESN-T-cause-high-blood-pressure-new-study-claims.html http://chriskresser.com/specialreports/salt/ enough references in the above articles to blow this vegan fanatics claims. He cherry picks his data and gives outdated research and references. And his condescending "i-am- a-superior-being" way of talking makes one want to club his bald pate with something heavy and blunt

  • Right, good bye salt my friend, we can no longer continue this relationship, this thing we had was great but it's time we both moved on with our lives…

  • since I started eating salt a lot my symptons of orthostatic hypotension have vanished. My blood pressure has now risen to a normal level. Only bad thing is that I need explain myself when adding salt to my diet.

  • It seems that all salt intake recommendations need to be taken with a grain of salt, an individualised grain.

    We ate a low salt diet in my family because my father had hypertension. We also ate few processed foods. (I have eaten few processed foods most my life.) At 61 my blood pressure is typically 80 something over 50 something, as it has been throughout my life.

    However, I am not well and have not been well most of my life. In my 50s I developed salt wasting and had to begin consuming more salt than the average person ought to consume (about 1.25 to 1.5 teaspoons a day) just to be able to stay upright. My blood pressure did not increase as a result of the increased salt. It's likely I needed more salt throughout my life given my symptoms, and I sometimes wonder if I'd have been healthier had I realised that low normal lab readings of sodium indicated a problem for me. (Keeping my lab readings in the mid range helps me feel a lot better.)

    On average low salt might very well be good for most people, but it's not going to be good for everyone.

  • I understand that salt intake raises blood pressure in the following way:  it makes your body hold on to extra fluid.  When there is extra fluid coursing through your vessels, it naturally makes the pressure on your vessels increase.  Your vessels compensate for this by literally growing muscles and tightening so that they can withstand the higher pressure.  The tightening of the vessels with more smooth muscle naturally reduces the open space inside the vessels and makes the fluid push even harder against the vessel walls, which cause them to in turn develop even more smooth muscle, and so on.   This creates a downward spiral in which eventually after many years the force against the vessels gets so strong that they'll burst and cause a hemorrhagic stroke (or some other sort of rupture).  Correct me if I'm wrong, this is my understanding of chronic long term danger of eating too much salt.
    A concern I have is something I can't find information on.  What about SHORT TERM danger of eating huge amounts of sodium you're not used to?  If you regularly eat 3000 mg of sodium every single day, your kidneys acclimate and start to regularly excrete all that unnecessary sodium out of your body daily, so that the water retention phenomenon daily isn't that extreme.  But what if you're someone like me, who eats virtually no actual salt?  I track food on Cronometer and I get usually 200-300 milligrams of sodium a day.  If my body is used to 300 milligrams a day, and then all of a sudden I have 8 slices of a Tombstone frozen pizza (5,200 milligrams of sodium at once), isn't the immediate water retention phenomenon going to be way worse for me than it is for the average Joe eating 4,000 milligrams every day?  This "average Joe" has kidneys that have acclimated to his high intake and excrete all of that out every day.  My kidneys don't do that because they're used to only a few hundred a day. Isn't my immediate danger significantly worse than this "average Joe"?  If the variation (between milligrams you're kidneys are acclimated to excrete out and milligrams I sit and eat at one time) is large enough, is there any danger of rupture happening immediately from just one extremely salty meal?
    In other words, is it dangerous for someone like me to go out once a month to a restaurant and gorge on a delicious salty meal* and consume 6,000 milligrams at once even though my kidneys are used to just 200-300 a day?  Should I be worried about any vessel ruptures?
    *this theoretical delicious salty meal would still be a vegan meal

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  • Are you seriously standing there and suggesting if we ate no salt we'd all have a baby's blood-pressure? And that would be a good thing? Sure sure, there's ansolutely nothing else that separates us from babies except salt comsumption. How did I not notice before? 😂😂 This is some garbage, wow! If the smug tone alone wasn't emough…

  • Is there a need to eat salt when exercising vigorously? Say, running an hour or more per day? I have read that many athletes eat salt to replenish the sodium lost through sweat. Is this necessary?

  • Help me understand an aspect of Kempner's rice diet. I thought that:
    Rice was very high on glycemic index
    Therefore, almost like eating pure sugar, and that
    Sugar intake had strong parallels with hypertension and heart disease

    What am I missing? I'm not hypoglycemic, but if I eat a bunch of rice, a food coma follows in 20 minutes…?

  • I was on blood pressure meds. I switched to a vegan diet and lost 3 stone making me a normal weight. I stopped taking meds as l thought my blood pressure would be normal, and it was for three months then my pressure was taken 4 weeks ago and from 140/80 it had risen to 180/100 which is stroke territory. So l went back on the meds and my pressure is now 130/70. So why was it normal for a while then went up to dangerous levels. I don’t drink, smoke and am vegan. I make all my own food and am careful about salt intake. Wish someone out there had an answer. I take anti histamine year round which can affect the blood pressure. The meds sometimes make the blood supply too low. My hands get very painful in coltish weather and l can feel a bit faint when rising. These symptoms disappeared when l was off the meds. There is a,ways a price to be paid!

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