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Salt and High Blood Pressure

Salt and High Blood Pressure

We need salt to survive………….. but too much is possibly a health risk too far.

How Salt Affects Blood Pressure: Salt and High Blood Pressure
Salt (sodium) is essential for our bodies to function and it is our kidneys that control the level of salt. Too much salt and our kidneys extract it, passing it into our urine. But the kidneys can be overloaded, when our salt intake levels are very high, and they cannot keep pace, leaving excess salt in our bloodstream. This makes our bodies hold on to more water, increasing the blood pressure.

Recommended Salt Intake:
Adults should eat no more than 5g of salt a day: that’s around one full teaspoon.
Children should eat less:

  • 1 to 3 years: 2g salt a day
  • 4 to 6 years: 3g salt a day
  • 7 to 10 years: 5g salt a day
  • 11 years and over: 6g salt a day

Lowering Your Salt Intake:
Processed foods tend to use salt as an additive and flavour enhancer with around 80% of the average person’s daily salt intake coming from processed foods. So, it is in our best interests if we cooked our own food and had complete control over our salt intake.
Make use of the nutrition labels on food packaging:

  • High is more than 1.5g salt per 100g
  • Low is 0.3g salt or less per 100g

Some foods are almost always high in salt simply because of the way they are prepared.
Other foods, ones that we tend to eat a lot of such as bread and breakfast cereals, can contribute a lot of salt to our diet. This is due to the amount eaten rather than their individual salt levels.
Foods to Avoid:
These foods are almost always high in salt. To cut down on salt, eat them less often or have smaller amounts:

  • bacon
  • ham
  • pickles
  • prawns Salt and High Blood Pressure
  • cheese
  • salted nuts
  • dry roasted nuts
  • salt fish
  • smoked fish
  • smoked meat
  • soy sauce
  • stock cubes
  • gravy granules
  • salami
  • anchovies

In other foods, the salt content can vary widely between different manufacturers or brands. It is best to compare these before purchasing and choosing the variety that has a lower salt level. This is one of the real benefits of nutrition labels.
These foods include:

  • pizza
  • sandwiches
  • bread products such as crumpets, bagels,etc
  • sausages
  • pasta sauces
  • crisps
  • breakfast cereals
  • ready meals
  • soup
  • tomato ketchup
  • mayonnaise
  • sauces

Remember to check the label and save your kidneys, heart and blood vessels any grief.

ENLARGING OUR SENSE OF THINGS

An ageing Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining and so, one morning, sent him for some salt.  When the apprentice returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
“How does it taste?” the master asked.
“Bitter” spit the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake.  The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said “Now drink from the lake”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked  “How does it taste?”
“Fresh” remarked the apprentice.
“Do you taste the salt?”  asked the master.
“No” said the young man.

At this, the master sat beside the serious young man who so reminded him of himself and took his hands, offering “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less.  The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same.  However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.  So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things.  Stop being a glass.  Become a lake.”

Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy

Homoeopathy is a well-established system of medical treatment that aids and reinforces the natural healing system that is inherent in all of us. Homoeopathy does not just treat the specific illness, it is a truly holistic system.  It is not the illness that presents itself to the practitioner and homoeopathy has remedies to treat the person with illnesses. All symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, a fact recognised within homoeopathy, and that it is the person who needs treatment, not the disease. Homoeopathic remedies have no known side effects and are not addictive.

Founded on the natural Law of Similars, homoeopathy is the medical practice of treating like with like. Simply put, it not only considers the symptoms you are suffering from, and deals with them, but also deals with the all the other aspects of the patient – Body/Mind/Spirit (the physical, emotional and mental), providing a holistic overview and treatment. Homoeopathy is tailored to the individual and each treatment is therefore as individual as each patient. By taking a thorough case history the homoeopath is able to make an in-depth analysis, and built upon this a bespoke remedial regime is undertaken.   It is the person being treated, so somebody suffering from the same symptoms may not necessarily be treated with the same remedy.

homoeopathic preparation

Homoeopathy became established approximately two hundred years ago. However, it should be noted that the principles upon which it works were first suggested by Hippocrates in the fifth century BC. Despite progress in allopathic medicine Homoeopathy has continued to thrive, due to the fact that it is seen to work and to have no side-effects. Samuel Hahnemann, of the late 18th Century, is the man who revived and promoted this form of therapy. Hahnemann believed that humans have the capacity to heal themselves and set out to prove this. His work continues to be fundamental and pertinent, and in its present form Homoeopathy has stood the test of time.

Homoeopathy works in a totally different way from conventional medicine. Whereas allopathic medicines are designed to combat the disease and symptoms, homoeopathy works in a “similar” way with the disease and symptoms. The remedies used to treat sick patients are actually capable of producing similar symptoms and diseases in healthy people. The word homoeopathy is derived from two Greek words – Hamios, meaning like or similar and pathos, meaning suffering. It is a truly complementary medicine.

The Homoeopath observes the symptoms of illness as a mirror, as the body’s way of showing that there is something wrong inside, and also uses this as a useful guide to the choice of remedy. When ill, a person’s body energies become upset, often showing up as tiredness, Homoeopathy stimulates the body’s energies, allowing them to normalise.

The remedies used are prepared by repeatedly diluting extracts from materials that include:

  • Vegetable, mineral, animal or herbs.
  • Botanical medicines including drugs such as morphine and arsenic.
  • Sand, charcoal, or common salt.
  • Graphite (pencil lead) may also be used in potentised form in a state that is no longer toxic.

Additionally, the more dilute the remedy, the more powerful is its effects. Remedies can also be made from antigens such as, house dust, cat hair etc. if patients are allergic to these substances. The remedies are so greatly diluted, and in doses so minute that they have no pharmacological action. Sometimes the diluted remedy does not contain a single surviving molecule of the original substance.

The healing response will depend on the prescribing of the right remedy in the right potency (or strength), also on the body’s vitality. If the body’s reactive powers have been suppressed through long exposure to steroid drugs, or if the body’s vitality is very low, then homoeopathic remedies may be initially ineffective.

Depending upon how much irreversible damage has, or has not, occurred, the results of homoeopathic treatment range widely from minimal to spectacular.  There is no class of disease which homoeopathy cannot be used to treat.

With conditions such as allergies, eczema, arthritis, hay fever or some of the most common problems, other medicines may suppress the condition for a time but they are treating the symptom rather than the person.  Homoeopathy, through treating the person, can treat these conditions effectively.