For some people, sodium is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Doctors call these people sodium retainers. But it's not just eating sodium that can make you retain sodium.
Now, researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University have found that stress can cause this life-threatening problem as well. In fact, stress alone – without eating additional sodium – can cause as many as 30% of African Americans and 10% of Caucasians to retain sodium.
Just how serious is this problem? For those who retain sodium, stress can cause you to hold onto as much as 160 mgs of salt. Over the course of an entire day, that can add up to 500 mgs of salt. And that's on top of the already salt-heavy diet most Americans eat.
This much salt will cause the top number of your blood pressure to go up by about seven points more than usual. And it can stay elevated much longer than normal. That means stress can cause your blood pressure to stay elevated even while you sleep, which is when your body should be recuperating from the day.
Dr. Gregory Harshfield, a hypertension researcher, explains that "Every time you are stressed, you hold onto as much salt as you get eating a small order of French fries and this can occur many times over the course of even a good day."
Of course, modern medicine's answer to this problem is drugs. In this case, these researchers found that angiotensin receptor blockers, a common blood pressure treatment, will solve the salt retention problem. These drugs work by blocking angiotensin, which directs the kidneys to hold onto more salt.
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But drugs are not the answer. I've detailed many of the problems high blood pressure drugs can cause in my newsletter. You can read all about it on my website. Plus, there are better ways to deal with this problem.
Obviously, you have to reduce your salt intake and your stress level. Regular exercise and meditation are two important steps to take. If they're not enough, support your adrenal glands that handle stress with Advanced Adrenal Factor, a comprehensive formula developed by Dr Frank Shallenberger to help your body handle stress better. It contains adrenal cortex as well as plant-based adaptogens.
This is groundbreaking information. It helps explain why low-sodium diets don't work for some people – they're too stressed. Now you can make the changes necessary to beat heart disease and stroke.
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Dr. Janet Zand
ScienceDaily, September 7, 2012.
Georgia Health Sciences University (2012, September 7). Stress prompts some to retain as much salt as eating fries, study finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 8, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120907125021.htm.