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Does salt cause high blood pressure?

So I got this message from Terri yesterday who is on our 28 Day Kickstart Programme (reply with ’28 day’ and I’ll get you the details for our post lockdown programme by the way):

“My blood pressure from Oct 15th has gone from 176 to 148 and is now 128 which is really great in such a short time frame. Really happy 😊

And I shared this yesterday because it shows just how powerful lifestyle can be.

And I had a question about salt and blood pressure. Whether it is as simple as that.

I actually did a video on it here if you prefer to listen:

https://www.facebook.com/MattFruciNutrition/videos/672638410107562
Anyway, so inside our 28 Day Kickstart programme

We start off with our kickstart coaching session to make sure everything is fit for your lifestyle 

And something that comes up a lot is blood pressure.

Many of the ladies will say “I always eat healthy and avoid salt to help my

Blood pressure  but still can’t lose weight “

Now, before I go into the controversy about salt intake…

I firstly want to say that this is more of an issue with the way the research that guides us on salt was done…

And want to also say that I’m referring to healthy individuals when I talk about this…

Sure, higher salt intake is linked with higher blood pressure

But the significance of this to real life?

Questionable..

As the increase in blood pressure from salt seems to be from hydration 
Aka
Increased water retention, greater blood volume, and higher blood pressure.

As a result of this?

There’s a limit to how much salt intake can increase blood pressure…

Now, you may ask about the link between salt and stroke / heart disease?

Well, when you look at this..

Salt normally follows a diet high in processed foods…

So if you’re eating lots of processed foods?

You’re chances of disease etc may be higher…

Can they be sure this is from salt?

Aka

Is it the salt on your fries  or is the Big Mac, fries, Coca Cola, ice cream and excess calories?

And if  you’re exercising?

There will also be increase in your sweat and urine sodium / salt content so you’ll excrete more our…
So my point?

To say “reduce salt” to a healthy individual 

May be good if it means they eat less processed foods…

But here’s the thing…

This probably isn’t linked to the salt 

But the fact processed, salty foods tend to be more calorific, easier to overeat and – well – bloody delicious…
It’s why I salt our vegetables at home. 

It makes them delicious, the potassium in foods like tomatoes help to balance this,  and it’s crazy how a bit of salt can make my daughters eat kale crisps and wilted spinach …

And my point is that we often avoid salt 

Then complain the food tastes  

And then end up eating crisps, takeaways,  sandwiches etc  anyway which 
Are all loaded with salt anyway… 

And the message here isn’t to salt your food

My message is that it’s never as simple as ONE thing..

Being the cause.

And it’s why we focus on 3 things inside our 28 Day Kickstart Programme :

Food  – Finding your one habit you could change today, whether it is around snacking, comfort eating or meal planning

Fitness – well, if it were a drug we would all take it. And don’t think it has to be like some military bootcamp, this is about getting 1% fitter and stronger each day..

Focus – this is about self care and taking time for you. Why? Because when you do something for you, it’s not just you that feels better, you might find that others benefit from you feeling better too…

All to help you find a balance 

And get out of the “stop-start” mentality and stick to it for long enough to see the results you want to see

Matt “So(dium) funny” Fruci

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