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High Blood Pressure Help

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!
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    Thank you for this Linda!! emoticon emoticon

    So glad to see you are doing better emoticon emoticon
    1756 days ago
    Good news on the BP. And your kidneys are getting better yeah!
    1756 days ago
    Glory to God for your great report. Thanks for sharing on the salt too. It is hidden and it is in so many things we wouldn't believe. I have never used a lot of salt back in the day but I watch those around me start shaking it over their food because of habit since they had not even tasted it yet. Thank God many are being more aware of salt. 1/3 teaspoon as about 500 grams of sodium in SEA SALT ! I was really surprised.

    You know I always add What man can't do GOD can do EXCEEDINGLY, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL we ASK or THINK! emoticon

    Love & Blessings!
    1757 days ago
    When we are young, we take it for granted that everything works and keep on going. Your blog was interesting to me because I never connected kidney function been affected as you reduced the sodium and your blood pressure went down. The human body is really amazing! I congratulate you since you're working hard and many people just take the pills. emoticon Keep up the GREAT work!! emoticon
    Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon
    1757 days ago
    Some foods like restaurant foods are not in Sparks nutrition tracker. There is no way of knowing what kind of sodium content you are getting unless they have nutrition information on the website of the restaurant.

    1758 days ago

    This is a good idea but the best way is to track what you eat. You can add sodium to your tracker and it will tell you the healthy amount that you can have each day.

    Remember that sodium controls the water in your body.

    1758 days ago
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