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The Salt Guidelines Are Too Restrictive, Say Experts

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Is it really necessary to lower your salt intake as much as the current guidelines advise, in order to lower your blood pressure? According to a new expert paper, the guidelines are way too restrictive and not based on enough evidence.

Cardio Brief: International Experts Call Salt Guidelines Far Too Restrictive

I agree, and especially enjoyed this paragraph:

The new paper also emphasized the potential dangers of lowering sodium too much, as in the WHO and AHA guidelines. “Sodium,” the authors wrote, “is an essential nutrient. This implies that there must be a ‘U’-shaped relationship between dietary sodium intake and cardiovascular events, but there is no consensus of where the minimum risks lies.”

Salt IS an essential nutrient, so why don’t guidelines also mention the minimum intake for optimal health and wellbeing? Studies show that too little salt could even be dangerous.

Salt restriction is usually mainly thought of as a means to control blood pressure, even though the effect is usually modest. Are there other ways than salt restriction to control your blood pressure? Sure – like keeping your insulin low. Which of course can be achieved through a low-carb diet.

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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Nina Teicholz: The Deal on DASH

Typical DASH-diet foods: skim milk, grains and fruit

Typical DASH-diet foods: skim milk, grains and fruit

Recently, US News and World Report published its annual diet rankings, and as usual, DASH was at or near the top.

DASH is a diet that was designed to help reduce blood pressure for people with hypertension. It makes no sense to recommend this diet to a general population, for the main reason that DASH has pretty much only ever been tested on hypertensive ore pre-hypertensive subjects, who cannot be generalized to the population at large. Also, all trials have been short term, with outcomes indicating that DASH may actually cause heart disease–not prevent it.

Summarizing the trials

DASH has never been shown to be effective for preventing any nutrition-related chronic disease: Continue Reading →

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“This Way of Eating Saved Me

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Before and after

Kenneth had always been chubby, and went on many diets, but nothing worked in the long run. The weight kept climbing until he reached 440 lbs (200 kg) one day. He was diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure.

But then one day he found a (low-carb) way to do it, and the rest is history:

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“Had to Tell the World About It!”

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Before and after

In order to manage his blood sugar and weight, Mark had to follow a low-carb low-fat diet that left him with intense cravings and no success. Then one day a friend of his posted her dramatic transformation on Facebook, and said that she’d been able to lose weight with help from the Diet Doctor site.

He checked out the site, and thought that it made sense! Of course one has to eat more healthy fats to stay satiated. So he decided to give it a go: Continue Reading →

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Is Salt the Cause of Hypertension?

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Salt intake is often considered one of the main factors behind high blood pressure. But the evidence supporting this idea is very weak, and eating less salt has a very marginal effect (and could sometimes even be dangerous).

Likely, there are other factors, like high levels of insulin, that play a much more powerful role in raising blood pressure. Professor Grant Schofield has written a very interesting piece on this, and even had a letter published in the Lancet:

High insulin causes salt retention, that can result in high blood pressure. If you suffer from this, it might be a good idea to switch to a low-carb diet, that lowers the insulin. That means that you’re treating the cause, not just a symptom.

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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Why an Orthopedic Surgeon Recommends an LCHF Diet

Why are some people obese and some people thin, despite eating the same things? That’s what orthopedic surgeon Christopher Gorczynski asked himself when a couple walked in to his clinic one day, and the wife was heavy while the husband was thin. Despite the fact that they ate the same foods!

After some research, including reading The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, Dr. Gorczynski realized that the weight loss advice that he was giving his patients – eat less, exercise more – simply didn’t work. Instead, he tried an LCHF diet on himself, and 25 pounds (11 kg) melted off. He also lost his hypertension and his migraine headaches!

YourorthoMD: Dr. Gorczynski’s Recommended Diet

It’s great to read that more and more medical professionals are starting to realize that the advice that has been given to patients for decades not only is outdated, but also completely wrong.

Is your doctor recommending an LCHF diet yet?

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“I Enjoy Eating Like This with Little to No Hunger”

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Before and after

After the weight had slowly crept up on him through the years, Tom decided to do something about it. Nine months later he’s lost 76 pounds (35 kilos) with no exercise. Here’s how he did it: Continue Reading →

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“Ever Since I Was a Child, I Have Tried to Lose Weight”

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Before and after

Patrik had been struggling with his weight his entire life and nothing had worked. Then he found out why… Continue Reading →

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Jan Lost 101 Pounds Without Hunger or Counting Calories

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Jan had been trying to lose weight many times by counting calories, but every time the weight came back. He tried various diets, including whole-grain products and not eating meat. He couldn’t stick to the diets and couldn’t cope with always being hungry.

Here’s what happened when he started eating more fat: Continue Reading →

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