The 10-second trick that can slash your risk of cardiovascular mortality by 37% (most traditional cultures have done this for centuries)
Did you know that people who ate less than 2 grams a day of this vital nutrient were 37% more likely to die of heart disease?
Did you know that this nutrient is constantly blamed for stroke, heart disease, high blood
pressure, and various other ailments...but research shows it does the opposite of what most doctors and the media tells us?
And did you know that this nutrient is literally sitting in your kitchen cabinet at this very
Well, I'll quit teasing you.
This nutrient is gold ol' "deadly, vicious, blood-pressure rising" salt.
Doctors and the media tell us salt is causing heart disease, is slowly killing us from the inside out, increasing our blood pressure and causing all sorts of issues.
And big pharma sells us expensive pills and emergency surgeries (while making millions, at our expense)...when we could pay less than $5 for an annual supply of simple heart-disease-preventing salt.
You see, the whole "salt = heart disease/increased death risk" hypothesis is based on a very poor "if (this), then (this)" thinking, without accurate backup research.
Basically, "experts" (including the American Heart Association and its inaccurate sodium
1. Salt causes a slight increase in blood pressure
2. High blood pressure is related to heart disease and stroke risk
3. So, if we cut out salt, then we'll decrease our risk of heart disease and stroke
Sure, that sounds great in theory.
But since when, in the history of time, has one single nutrient or one single "anything" caused the downfall of our health (or any other issue for that matter).
Long-term problems are almost always due to a combination of poor choices, but never to just one single choice.
Just as obesity is likely due to excess calorie and nutrient consumption and limited exercise and underlying issues in the body...heart disease, stroke, and increased disease risk is likely due to poor dietary choices and poor lifestyle choices and possible genetic predispositions, etc.
But, no, of course the "experts" don't consider this. They just come out and say "salt = heart disease and stroke", and don't even think to look at our evolutionary upbringing and samples of modern-day sodium usage. (These "experts" are ridiculous.)
Thankfully, I've come upon some good info in my readings that should help make this all clear.
If I haven't mentioned it already, I'm a big fan of ancestral health/longevity researches like Paul Jaminet, Chris Kresser, and Stephan Guyanet. And, in some of their findings and writings, you'll see that salt is actually well-documented as a staple nutrient in various cultures and as a necessity in our diets.
Let's jump into the facts.
Here's the truth about salt (and its disease-preventing properties):
1) A comprehensive study of sodium intake of 33 countries found that intake averaged 3.7 grams (about 1.6 teaspoons per day), decade after decade.
a. This level correlates with what can be thought of as a certain "reward threshold". The thinking is: the level is uniform in all countries, regardless of the culture or cuisine, because without that 3.7 gram intake level, we just don't feel adequately satiated.
2) From a biological standpoint, renin and aldosterone hormone levels jump significantly once sodium intake is below 1.5 teaspoons per day, in a clear-cut sign of sodium insufficiency.
3) A Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that sodium excretion of both over 7 grams per day and under 3 grams per day was directly associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk
4) The "sweet spot" in the JAMA study was a level of roughly 4 to 6 grams of sodium per day.
a. For those having under 2 grams per day, cardiovascular mortality risk was increased by 37%!!
b. FYI: The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a max of 1.5 grams per day! This is even less than the 2 grams per day threshold. If we follow these AHA guidelines, our cardiovascular mortality risk will be even more than 37%.
5) A 2011 American Journal of Hypertension study found no solid evidence that reduction in salt intake prevents heart conditions.
What this means for you:
- Disregard the government/doctor recommended levels, which may cause sodium insufficiency and increased disease risk
- BUT, don't go so high that you still end up damaging your body.
- The "sweet spot" is 4 to 6 grams of sodium per day, or roughly 1.6 to 3 teaspoons per day.
- Increase your potassium intake. 4,700 mg per day is recommended, whereas most Americans get half that number. Potassium and sodium go hand in hand and the former can often prevent internal deficiencies caused by the latter.
- If you have kidney problems, you may be one of the few people who should worry about keeping salt intake down. Please speak to your doctor.
You've now got the information you need. It's time to make the changes!
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