Did you know that high blood pressure is now epidemic in the United States as well as in other cultures that eat high-salt diets? Where natural foods are the only source of sodium, there is almost no hypertension and the reason is because these foods contain more potassium, which is found in high amounts in plant cells as well as human cells.
High-Salt Foods to Avoid:
- All smoked or salted meats
- Food from restaurants with salt, soy sauce, and MSG
- Processed cheeses
- Brine-soaked foods
- Canned and instant soups
- Commercially prepared condiments
- Ready-made gravies and sauces
- Snack foods
- Sodium phosphate
Because sodium is needed to maintain blood fluid volume, excessive sodium can lead to increased blood volume and elevated blood pressure, especially when the kidneys do not clear it efficiently. Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in potassium and low in sodium.
Salt Cravings…what are the reasons for salt cravings. According to Cherie Calbom, M.S. and Maureen Keane, M.S., C.N. authors of Juicing for Life, it is often systematic of sickle cell anemia, various muscular disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, or various other disorders.
Salt cravings can also be caused by dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances.
If you have occasional salt cravings, it could be due to adrenal stress, which can be the result of caffeine consumption. Are you aware that overstressed, weakened adrenal glands allow blood pressure and blood sugar levels to drop, which brings on fatigue. Even though salt can temporarily help the symptoms, it can also have negative long-term results.
Did you know that the average American consumes 15 pounds of salt a year?
If you are dealing with a lot of stress and adrenal exhaustion that could easily cause your salt cravings, eat foods that are high in…
- vitamin C – kale, parsley, green pepper, spinach
- Potassium – parsley, garlic, spinach, carrots
- Pantothenic acid – broccoli, cauliflower, kale
- vitamin B6 – kale, spinach, turnip greens, sweet peppers
- Magnesium – beet greens, spinach, parsley, garlic
- Zinc – ginger root, parsley, potato, garlic, carrot
As always consult a NMD or MD.