OK, so…Salt is one of those things that has been ping-ponged from bad, to good, to ok, to ‘maybe’ a whole bunch of times in the past 30 years or more – kind of like eggs. I have little doubt that the ‘official’ line on salt will keep changing a few more times in the next decade or two.
As it stands now, the majority opinion is that salt isn’t as universally bad for blood pressure as claimed 15 years ago, and that the majority of people won’t experience major blood pressure spikes with a moderate or even somewhat high salt diet. Among existing populations, some South American tribes consume incredibly little salt but can do strenuous work just fine – and similarly, Japanese tend to have a moderately high salt intake (from miso, soy sauce, and some sea vegetables), yet don’t suffer from a high degree of the cardiovascular issues once considered part of a high-salt diet.
So there is a lot more to be learned.
A lot of people have taken the above information to indicate that they can and should eat as much salt as they want, even go back to the mid-20th century ‘take a salt pill’ philosophy. But even if many people are fine with moderately high salt intake, some people are not, and exhibit immediate blood pressure spikes when taking sodium.
My question…how many people here have actually tested their own sodium response? What were the results?
I ask this because I see a lot of nutritional speculation, and assumption based on recent research, but only a handful of folks have reported testing their own responses to specific foods, or for that matter I’ve only seen a few people test their blood or hair vitamin and mineral levels. I would be really curious to know even if folks have gone to the local Wal-Mart with a few packets of salt to test their blood pressure response over time during exposure to sodium.
No, I don’t plan on judging or criticizing anyone, and I hope I didn’t come across like that – I’m just curious about how many people engage in practical testing of nutritional matters like this, things that the individual can potentially influence which can have an effect on their short and long-term health.
Needless to say I do apologize if this thread is a complete duplicate…I poked through the salt/sodium threads but sort of gave up after the first few pages.