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To Protect Your Heart, Your Sodium to Potassium Ratio Is More Important Than Your Overall Salt Intake

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  • Research has again failed to find strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces your risk for heart-related death
  • One observational study found that while higher sodium levels correlate with an increased risk for high blood pressure, potassium helps offset sodium’s adverse effects
  • The authors propose an alternative approach; instead of recommending aggressive sodium reduction across the board, it might be wiser to recommend high-quality diets rich in potassium instead
  • An earlier analysis suggests that when you reduce your salt intake, you increase risk factors that could theoretically eliminate the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease predicted from lowering your blood pressure
  • All salts are not equal, in terms of their impact on your health. Processed (table) salt is health-harming, while natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions

By Dr. Mercola

The vilification of salt is similar to that of fat. Just as there are healthy fats that are necessary for optimal health and unhealthy fats that cause health problems, there are healthy and unhealthy types of salt. The devil’s in the details, as they say, and this is definitely true when it comes to salt and fat.


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