Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure

Gujaratis call salt as "mithu". Do you know why? The salt of the sea is bitter (kadva) in taste, and if you cook food with the sea salt without processing, the food will taste bitter. The agariyas in the coastal areas make it "mithu" through salt processing. The evaporation of brine with the help of Sun and wind make it edible. It makes our food tasty therefore it is called "mithu" in Gujarati. It became "mithu" through "Dandi March", lead us to freedom from British rule.

Potassium and Sodium are important to maintain electrolytes balance. Any imbalances in the electrolytes may lead into disorientation, cerebral oedema and death. 

Research has found that a high-sodium diet with low potassium intake influences vascular volume and tends to elevate the blood pressure. If sodium is not pumped out, water accumulates within the cell causing it to swell and ultimately burst.

The salt has a major roll to play in our body weight and blood pressure. As you know, our body is made of water (2/3). Salt retains water therefore, excessive salt add into body mass of water and increase the body weight. Salt also increases the blood pressure. When we eat too much salt, which contains sodium, our body holds extra water to wash the salt from our body. In some people, this may cause blood pressure to rise. The added water puts stress on your heart and blood vessels.

We are living in the time of advertisements and brand items. Under the fear of goiter, most of the house holds have shifted to the refined salt. The refined salt is less salty compared to the traditional common crystalline salt. As a result, we use more refined salt (more sodium) to maintain the taste of the food. 

When I faced blood pressure problem under the stressful assignment of GSRTC (2002-05), instead of stopping the salt from the food, I moved to the traditional crystalline salt in my food. With the help of acupressure, spine cord alignment (with asanas), and meditation I became free from the disease.

Don't you believe that. Please try and confirm. The main objective is to reduce salt intake.

WHO recommends that adults should consume less than 2,000 mg of sodium, equivalent to 5 grams of salt (NaCl) per day.

27 October 2015


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