I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful – but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.
Why do people get chronic high blood pressure – the silent killer?
In more than 90% of the cases the doctors don’t know. But I think I do. This insight may be used to prevent it. If it also could be helpful for people who already have this dangerous condition is up to your doctor to assess, but normally it may be too late for that.
Medical scientists are searching for decades already why some people get a chronic high blood pressure, with no success. That’s because they’re looking in the wrong places. They study afflicted patients and try to find out what sets them apart. To what does this compare?
Say, there are people who all day long, bang their head against the wall. Some of them develop headaches, some of them even fractures of the skull. How silly it would be to try to find out why some get these consequences and others not. The solution is: do not bang one’s head against the wall all day long anymore.
We know that people on a Western diet consume 800% too much salt. Asking why some get chronic high blood pressure is silly. The solution is: stop over-consuming salt. When I ate too much salt, I get thirsty and pee it out within a day. (I imagine that if I’d do that twice a day, I might end up with it accumulating, the body “getting tired” of removing enough.) Less salt does not mean that food must lose its taste. Hear me out.
The main reason for too much salt intake is habituation. And it started because much of what people tend to eat is not tasty. Things will shape up once we are getting out of the habit to add so much salt and eat more tasteful real food.
Experiment: Take a bite of something salted you like and then a bite of the same thing without salt. Do you notice that, though the second bite doesn’t taste like the real thing, the only difference is the taste of salt? Then you are ready to gradually (or at once) stop adding so much salt.
Another parallel way is to eat less and less tasteless stuff. Meat is tasteless. We burn it on the outside and spice it up to give it taste. Something that we do not need to do with vegan protein, like lentils, peas, whole wheat, beans, mushrooms. We could add herbs, but why would we taste-bombard food that has a wonderful taste of its own?
White flour produce (bread, pasta, rice) tastes like nothing. You need to add salt, sauce, onions, anything to give it taste. But whole wheat bread or pasta and whole grains and rice taste so awesome, they don’t need much/any makeup at all to be rich in taste. Same with cooked (better: steamed) vegetables and vegetable soup. No salt needed at all.
For instance: cook whole macaroni in lots of water. Poor off this water and cook in it (cut to big pieces) carrots (long time), pumpkin and sweat potato (20 minutes, don’t overcook) and grated beetroot (after putting out the flame). Add nothing and you have a majestic orange or red soup.
Yes, the whole wheat macaroni is sometimes trice as expensive as the white, but it satisfies and prevents you from overeating and eating sweets and other expensive stuff. It satisfies because you need to chew and because of the wholesome ingredients. White pasta can only satisfy from eating bulk amounts and for a very limited time. Same with bread. In the end, the expensive whole stuff is cheaper than the white stuff.
And if in the beginning, it’s hard to enjoy, only add 25% whole (pasta, bread, flour) to your white stuff. Once you’re used to that, make it 50%. Then 75%. And then 100%
Coffee and tea are so disgusting that in the beginning at least, many people need to add milk and sugar to camouflage the revolting taste. Drink water instead. If you insist on a taste, add a little citrus, lemon or apple vinegar. Choose taste, not drugs.
A complete no no is to cook pasta or rice in salty water. The salt disappears into the food, so that a lot of salt needs to be added to taste any of it. Meanwhile, you give the body a lot of useless salt to remove. Cook starch dishes without salt; then add some towards the end, if at all.
In short: eat more real food with good tastes. Add less salt. Live better. Live longer. Tell others.
These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.