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High-Salt Diet Putting Teens at Risk of Heart Disease Later in Life

Cardiologists looking for key indicators that can predict possible heart problems later in life believe they’ve found a reason to restrict salt in adolescents’ and teens’ diets. The study was conducted over a three-day period in which researchers measured the elasticity or distensibility of the participants' brachial artery (BrachD), found in the upper arm. The results showed that a higher average daily sodium intake was associated with higher levels of stiffness in the arteries, CTV News reported.

I am not an advocate of over-indulging in salt, but I can’t let this pass without commenting that this war on salt can be, and is dangerous, whether it’s in the context of teen or adult diets. In reality, the correct potassium to sodium balance influences your risk for hypertension and heart disease far more than high sodium alone.

What we need to do is simply ditch all processed foods from our diets because this is where you’ll find both hidden sodium and sugars. In fact, while processed foods are high in refined sodium, refined sugar is far worse in causing high blood pressure, and the trickle-down effect can also produce metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, stroke and heart attack.

Leafy greens, crimini mushrooms, avocadoes, blueberries, raw grass fed yogurt and wild-caught Alaskan salmon are all foods you can eat to naturally lower your blood pressure levels due to these foods’ high potassium content. Relaxing, deep breathing, walking, regular exercise and losing weight are all ways you can lower your blood pressure levels and improve your overall health.
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