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Old 10-27-2017, 08:26 AM   #61
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I agree, but the cynical part of me thinks that more salt makes people thirsty and increases orders for drinks, which are generally a high-profit item.

I've been very fortunate as far as maintaining healthy BP. I do very little to limit my intake of sodium but my BP is at the low end of normal. I have to be careful when standing up after donating blood because if I don't wait long enough I end up on the floor and they get very excited about that. My mother, OTOH, struggled to maintain normal BP after menopause even though she was skinny, ran every day (walked 4 miles a day when running was too hard for her in her 80s) and didn't salt anything she made. She was always apologizing for how "terrible" her cooking tasted. It wasn't that bad, of course. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


Great point re salty food encouraging drinking.
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Great point re salty food encouraging drinking.
Beer drinkers know this.
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I'll weigh in on the side of salt not impacting blood pressure. It may be individual, but for me, I started going to a holistic Dr, was on BP meds and now I'm off the meds and one of my supplements is a teaspoon of salt per day. It's unrefined sea salt which provides other minerals, but I sprinkle it on everything in order to get my daily dose of salt. FWIW, I also believe in the BP gets higher with age theory. I'm 56 and I hang around 140/85 and Dr. says there's nothing to treat at that level. Glad to see the Mayo reference to 150/90 for a 60 yo. Seems to me that other things, like eating properly and losing some weight had more to do with lowering my BP than salt did to increase it or medicine did to decrease it.
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