Wednesday, July 31, 2013
If you have high blood pressure, please make an effort to reduce sodium from your diet. I am not talking about simply not using a salt shaker at the table. I have not used a salt shaker for years! I have had high blood pressure for years.
The sodium is hidden in the foods you eat. Read labels and when you eat out, read the nutrition of what they serve online first; it will be an eye-opener! Restaurants are the worst offenders, especially a popular "Italian" restaurant and another that serves a lot of "chili".
I have literally reduced my blood pressure to that of a school girl and got off all meds except for one by reducing sodium to under 1500 mg a day! It takes effort but is worth it!
I am still not out of the woods health wise because I had high blood pressure for so long, but I am getting better and will improve!
I visited a Nephrologist yesterday and he thinks I will continue to improve. It seems that if you have high blood pressure for a long time your arteries thicken. After getting off all the meds and reducing sodium, my kidney function went down, but it is on its way back up. He thinks the blood flow to my kidneys is "relaxing" and that it will eventually improve. I may never be totally normal, but as long as I don't have protein in my urine, I will be fine!
So please, for your health, reduce sodium!