Did you feel that?
I’m pretty sure it was Hades freezing over.
Because, believe it or not, the mainstream just admitted they were wrong. (I know… SHOCKING.)
They now agree that keeping your blood pressure under control DOESN’T require a life sentence of bland, salt-free food.
That’s right, it looks look salt is BACK on the menu, my friend.
So go ahead and grab your shaker, and keep reading.
If you can’t “BEET” them JOIN them
A new study has scientists touting some hypertension advice you’ve been getting right there in Healthier Talk for nearly a decade now.
And that is if you’re salt sensitive, eating beets is a great way to help you manage your blood pressure.
That’s right, the mainstream has decided if you can’t “BEET” them JOIN them.
Because, as I’ve explained before, beets are loaded with dietary nitrates. Your body converts these nitrates into blood-vessel-expanding nitric oxide.
Which means that eating beets naturally boosts blood flow. And that, in turn, can help keep your blood pressure in check.
Salt-free can be taste-free
For years now, doctors have tried to strong-arm people into swearing off salt to avoid high blood pressure.
In fact, if you’re over 45, you’ve probably ALREADY been given the lecture at least once.
But what they DON’T mention is how boring and bland food will be when you do. Or that some of your favorite foods can suddenly start to taste a lot like cardboard.
And let’s face it. When THAT happens is it really any wonder that so many folks start salting their food again?
“Hidden” JUNK salt can raise blood pressure
But here’s the thing. Sprinkling some good quality Himalayan or sea salt into your home-cooked meals wasn’t ever the issue, to begin with.
And that’s EVEN true for folks who are salt sensitive… whose blood pressure tends to react to sodium.
It’s all the JUNK salt in the prepared foods we eat that’s a cause for concern.
Because store-bought foods from salad dressings to microwave meals are loaded with “hidden” sodium. And we’re consuming more of it now than at any other point in our history.
Now obviously, cutting back on the prepared foods and junk salt that’s in them is a great first step. When you cook more meals from scratch at home YOU control the quality of the salt you’re using and how much you get.
But most of us aren’t able… or WILLING… to cut all salt or prepared food from our diet. And that’s where beets can help.
100 times more potent than potassium
Potassium has always been the natural go-to for helping to keep blood pressure down. But it turns out the nitrates that are found naturally in beets are an incredible 100 times MORE potent than potassium.
In other words, it can help counteract the sodium in the foods you eat, keeping your blood pressure on an even keel.
In fact, the researchers were so impressed by how beetroot extract performed in their study, they offered some rare advice. They’re encouraging food manufacturers to consider adding some beetroot or nitrate extract to their products to help neutralize the junk salt in them.
For folks whose blood pressure reacts to sodium that could be a game changer. So let’s hope they heed the researcher’s advice. But in the meantime, you can start taking advantage of the BP-stabilizing power of beets on your own.
Beet juice is an acquired taste, but it’s a super simple way to supplement your diet with nitrates. And fresh beets are delicious. Try roasting them with some carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, and a bit of olive oil for a tasty side dish that can help reduce your blood pressure.
Plus, there are also beetroot supplements and powders available online and wherever supplements are sold.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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