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To Salt Or Not To Salt?

The salt is not only healing, but essential for many biological functions. Not any salt though.

Salt is an essential nutrient required for blood pressure regulation, transportation of nutrients and ion exchange. It is important to note Salt 810that all salts are not equal. Processed (table) salt can indeed be harming as it contains chemicals, such as moisture absorbents, flow agents and sometimes fluoride. The salt processing involves drying the salt on high temperatures which radically alters the chemical structure of the salt.

  • On the other hand, the natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions.
  • Himalayan salt mined from ancient sea beds in Pakistan is one of the most appreciated as it is the purest salt available. Note that this salt does not supply iodide.
  • Role of the salt in heart disease is a controversial topic. Whilst mainstream experts suggest excessive salt consumption contributes highly  to the risks of heart attacks , strokes and death and should be avoided, the other experts disagree.
  • Potassium intake of our ancestors was significantly higher than of sodium thus potassium deficiency may be more responsible for hypertension than excess sodium. The best way to ensure getting enough potassium is to increase the vegetable intake. Juicing is a great way to get more vegetables into your diet.
  • Iodine consumption is ever decreasing and lack of iodine is closely associated with cancer, hypothyroidism and  child’s brain function and IQ. Sea vegetables like kelp and spirulina are among the best natural dietary sources of iodine along with organic and whole grain foods, milk and eggs. Unrefined Celtic Sea Salt (or Le sel de Guérande), harvested off the shores of France, is all-natural, pure source of iodine that contain up to 350mcg per 1/4 tsp.

Key Things to Consider

  • Throw away your table salt and replace it with natural, unprocessed salt like e.g. Himalayan salt, Celtic sea salt or similar. You can find them in your health stores, alternatively follow the link to one of the brands I use: Celtic Sea Salt,  Le sel de Guérande,  Himalayan salt.
  • Avoid all processed foods, which are very high in processed salt and low in potassium and other essential nutrients.
  • Take care of your iodine levels by proper intake of see vegetables, spirulina, Celtic sea salt and iodine-rich food.
  • Consider green vegetable juices as an excellent way to ensure your potassium intake.

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Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Naturally

Five Smart Things You Can Do To Manage Cholesterol and Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Cholesterol is NOT the Cause of Heart Disease! Chronic inflammation and injuries in the artery wall are the key triggers of heart disease.

While there is some evidence that high cholesterol can be inherited, in most cases it occurs as the consequence of poor, unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.

The biggest culprits of chronic inflammation are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

Chronic inflammation causes cholesterol to accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and become trapped for a long time.

Cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.

Cholesterol is a vital component of every cell membrane on Earth. The cholesterol is absolutely essential for neuron transport, the lack of cholesterol can negatively affect our brain function. 

Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.

Acute inflammation is in fact beneficial as it is body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation protects our body from these bacterial and viral invaders.

However, if we continuously expose the body to injury by toxins or foods we were not designed to process, a chronic inflammation occurs.  The chronic inflammation causes our cholesterol levels to become constantly elevated and this triggers the heart disease. 

Stay Away From Homogenized Milk

Homogenized and pasteurized milk is another important factor that highly contributes to injuries of the artery walls.

Pasteurization and homogenization process completely changes the structure of the milk proteins.

Only raw, unprocessed milk is good for us, unfortunately not easy to find.  Read more on Milk.

STATIN Drugs are Dangerous

Statins are not the answer! There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that statin drugs are not only useless but also harmful. Learn more about The Ugly Side of Statins.

Low-Fat Deception

The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels was in fact helped greatly by the low-fat diet that was recommended for years in the Western world.

By eating the low-fat food we have introduced highly processed food contaminated with toxic food additives. Indeed the cholesterol levels are lower as a consequence, but the beneficial impact on addressing the root cause of heart disease remains unproven and unclear.  Plus too little fat could cause serious health issues.

Five Smart Things You Can Do To Manage Cholesterol Levels and Blood Pressure Naturally

  1. Avoid processed foods loaded with sugars and omega 6 oils. Replace it with fresh fruits, vegetables and meats, fish and healthy fat and oils like ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, butter etc.
  2. Avoid at all costs homogenized milk and dairy made of pasteurized milk. Goat milk is a healthy alternative.
  3. Add Garlic to the diet. When it comes to heart disease, the magic of garlic is well known to many. Garlic has been found to reduce the buildup and inhibit the formation of atherosclerotic plaque in our arteries. Garlic supplements are proven to reduce high cholesterol levels and blood pressure in people with hypertension.
  4. Exercise daily. A vital strategy to take control of your health is exercise. A regular, effective exercise program can go a long way toward reducing your insulin levels and your blood pressure.
  5. Introduce some of the 7 herbs that help manage cholesterol levels:  Hawthorn berry, Capsicum (a spicy herb that is often found in salsas and chili), PsylliumButcher’s broomGuggul, Licorice root and Fenugreek seeds.

Hawthorn, for example has been used by herbalists for decades and has been studied for its use in treating health issues related to the heart and blood vessels like congestive heart failure, cardiac insufficiency, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, angina, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol etc. A meta-analysis based on data from multiple studies concluded that a hawthorn extract offers significant benefits. Hawthorn is best to be used in fresh form (juice), tincture or extract.

Caution – any of the herbs potentially can significantly interact with prescription medications, make sure you consult with your health practitioner first.

Sources/Credits and More Info

World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

More on Low Fat Nonsense

7 Herbs to Manage Cholesterol Naturally

American Botanical Council: Hawthornberry