Lower Your Salt Intake? No Way!
Dr. David Brownstein
by Dr. David Brownstein: Avoid
I have been lecturing and writing about the nonsensical argument
the conventional powers-that-be claim that lowering salt in the
diet will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The data has
never been shown that lowering salt intake to ridiculously low levels
of 1,500mg/day will reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact,
many studies show that lowering your salt intake to these levels
will cause more heart attacks and mortality. Furthermore, low salt
diets will lead to elevated insulin levels. Finally, low salt diets
do not significantly lower blood pressure. More information about
this can be found in my book, Salt
Your Way To Health.
A recent study
in JAMA (November 23/30, 2011-Vol. 306, No. 20) looked at
the association between sodium excretion and cardiovascular events
in patients with established cardiovascular events or diabetes.
The authors studied nearly 29,000 adults and found cardiovascular
death was increased among those with the lowest and the highest
is tied to how much sodium (or salt) is ingested. The more salt
that is ingested the more sodium that is excreted in the urine.
The reverse is true also; the less sodium ingested, the less sodium
excreted. A crude estimate can be made that the amount of sodium
ingested is equal to the amount of sodium excreted (as long as someone
is not sodium deficient).
We have been
told we are ingesting too much salt. The Institute of Medicine (IOM)
states, Americans consume unhealthy amounts of sodium in their
food, far exceeding public health recommendations. Consuming too
much sodium is a concern for all individuals, as it increases the
risk for high blood pressure, a serious health condition that is
avoidable and can lead to a variety of diseases. Analysts estimate
that population-wide reductions in sodium could prevent more than
100,000 deaths annually.
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Brownstein, M.D. is a Board-Certified family physician and is one
of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical
Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield,
MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and
others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional
therapies in his practice.
© 2011 Dr. David Brownstein