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Too little salt
Yeah, too little salt is a thing, and eating too little salt can create metabolic problems.
But Tisha, I was just diagnosed with hypertension and my doctor gave me some meds and told me to eat a low-salt, low-fat diet.
Here's the deal. Salt has long been considered the "bad guy", blamed for everything from high blood pressure to heart disease. For decades, doctors and health organizations have been telling people to reduce their sodium intake, with the belief that it can lower the risk of developing hypertension. Well, I got news for you - low-salt diets are not an effective treatment for hypertension, and eating too little salt creates metabolic dysfunction.
If you remember some time ago, I posted a reel on Instagram about "cause". This applies in all aspects of life, not just with your health, but consider this. If salt causes, high blood pressure, then removing salt from your diet, would restore your blood pressure to normal right? After all, that's what "cause" is. You have something, that is causing something else - when the cause is removed, that something else goes away. And yet there are studies upon studies of low-sodium diets actually causing metabolic dysfunction, hyperinsulinemia, and insulin resistance, which as you know (or are learning) leads to a cluster of other chronic diseases.
So what are you getting at Tisha?
Here's the deal ... insulin resistance causes hypertension - NOT SALT. Reducing your salt consumption will not reduce your blood pressure. Why? Because it isn't the cause. Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia cause high blood pressure, so the best way to reverse your hypertension and restore your blood pressure to normal levels is to remove the foods that cause high insulin and insulin resistance.
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Salt is critical for our survival. I repeat - salt is critical for our survival. Without enough salt, our bodies are unable to maintain fluid balance, nerve function, and even our muscle contractions. Low sodium can also lead to dehydration, fatigue, and muscle weakness. Heck studies are now showing that low-sodium diets are actually increasing a person's risk of heart disease and mortality.
BOTTOM LINE: If you've been diagnosed with hypertension, you have insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is causing you to lose metabolic function, which in turn is causing all of these symptoms you are struggling with such as weight gain or the inability to lose weight, fatigue, overwhelm, brain fog, joint pain, diabetes ... the list goes on and on.
Medication masks or mutes symptoms. They do not restore function. If you want to maintain hypertension, increase your risk for heart disease or a heart attack, or develop diabetes which could lead to blindness, amputations, and eventually death ... then keep muting the symptoms with medication. If however, you want to restore the lost function and live a life without chronic disease, weight gain, fatigue, or dependence on medication and or supplements for life, find the root cause, remove it, and restore that lost function.
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