HOW SALTY FOOD RAISES THE BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) | HOW TO DECREASE BLOOD PRESSURE NATURALLY

HOW SALTY FOOD RAISES THE BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) | HOW TO DECREASE BLOOD PRESSURE NATURALLY

August 29, 2019 14 By Bertrand Dibbert


We all know that longterm eating of salty
food raises our blood pressure, but how bad is it really? A raised blood pressure known as hypertension
is the most common cardiovascular disease. The diagnosis of hypertension is based on
repeated measurements of eleveated blood pressure at 140/90mm Hg. A survey carried out in 2009, 28% of the american
adults showed hypertension. Experts recommend that people take in less
than 2500 milligrams of sodium a day, that is what´s in about 6 grams of salt, or about
a teaspoon. But right now, the average man in the United
States takes in over 10 grams of salt per day and the average woman takes in over 7
grams of salt per day. The salt we sprinkle on our food actually
accounts for less than 10% of our salt consumption. Most of the salt we eat comes in processed
food from stores, restaurants and dining halls. Take for exampel a fastfood franchise, the
advantage of adding salt is to preserve the food for longterm usage, and to make the customers
more thirsty. Increased salt intake will increase the osmolarity
in your blood. This in turns activate osmoreceptors within
the hypothalamus that tells your brain hey im thirsty. That is why a meal is consisting of a hamburger,
a fries and a drink, what a coincidence right? So now we have a person with an increased
blood pressure and this Sustained hypertension damages the blood vessels in the persons heart,
kidney and brain which lead in turn to increased incidence of coronary disease,renal failure,stroke
and dementia. But how does this really happen? Salt is all around us whether it is in spicy
nuts, chips, fries, fast foods or even added salt to our everyday food. Salt is an essential to our body fluids. the chemical name of table-salt is sodium
chloride. Which consist as the name indicate of the
chemical elements Na and Cl. Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in
your bloodstream and since Na is an osmotically active substance it will attract water to
it, this lead to an increased volume and hence pressure inside of your arteries. To cope with the extra strain, the tiny muscles
in the artery wall becomes stronger and thicker,Yet this will only make the space inside the arteries
smaller and raises your blood pressure even higher. The decreased space inside the artery will
decrease the amount of blood reaching that organ that the blood vessel is supplying. whether it happens in the artery supplying
your kidney then kidney failure will develop. If it happens in the arteries supplying your
heart then heart attack will develop. If it happens in the arteries supplying your
brain then stroke will develop. since kidney is the major filtering organ
that removes this excessive water, if it is damaged, then a vicious cycle will develop
in which a further increase in the blood volume due to the inability of the kidney to remove
the excessive water built will develop this in turn increases the blood pressure even
higher. Treating hypertension involves, a healthy
lifestyle with reduced salt intake, regular exercise, quitting smoking and avoiding excessive
alcohol intake. Antihypertensive drugs such as diuretics is
needed in more severe cases of hypertension. Many countries have already begun to tackle
hypertension using various strategies. Anywhere from working with industries to reduce
the salt content in processed foods. To developing more efficient antihypertensive
drugs. The UK for exampel has achieved a remarkable
10% reduction in salt consumption over the past 4 years. But wouldnt we all miss the salty food taste?. Well Several studies have shown that its not
easy but as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen the desire for salty food the same
mechanism as for sugar craving. So In summary, the best take home message
from this video is that anything in this world in which you overdo or overconsume will be
harmful to your body. In terms of advice, pay highly attention to
the nutrition facts on the labels and try to select foods with less than 5% of the daily
value of salt per serving. Because even a small reduction can have an
effect on your blood pressure. I hoped you all enjoyed this cartoon about
hypertension and found this video useful. I will be uploading on this channel from now
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