We’ll keep this quick. It’s critical Know-How that will change the way you look at the food you eat.
It may even reduce your chances of a sudden heart attack.
We all know that salt is one of life’s necessary evils. Too little of it and we die. Too much of it and our ticker tends to go haywire.
Docs have long known that too much sodium intake leads to things like high blood pressure and heart disease.
But what most folks don’t understand is there’s a mineral that acts in almost the exact opposite way.
The more you eat of it, the less effect salt will have on your body.
In fact, the ratio between our salt intake and our potassium intake is one of the most important factors to our health… and yet virtually nobody talks about it.
Right now, the average American has a sodium-to-potassium ratio of 1.36-to-1. That’s not good.
A more “natural” diet – if we foraged for our food and didn’t buy processed and preservative-loaded food from the grocery store – would have us eating 16 times as much potassium as sodium.
We’re way out of whack.
The effects of our modern high-sodium diet are well-known.
The way our body deals with salt is quite simple.
Our kidneys act as the filters that get rid of excess salt. Most of the time, they can’t keep up with our high-sodium diets. To combat the problem, our body holds on to water that works to dilute the salt.
But as this water builds up, it means our blood contains more fluid… and more fluid in our veins and arteries leads to, naturally, higher pressure within them.
It’s no different from trying to cram more water into our garden hose. Pressure will rise.
Do it long enough or at high enough pressure and eventually something will wear out.
It’s why high blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes and other serious cardiovascular issues.
Eat This, Not That
The best way to counteract this action – aside from popping another pill from Big Pharma – is to maintain a healthy sodium-potassium ratio.
That simply means cutting back on salt and ramping up our potassium intake.
The effects are clear.
A Harvard study showed that folks with the highest sodium intakes had a 20% higher risk of death than the folks on the opposite end of the scale. At the very same time, the folks who ranked highest for potassium intake had a 20% lower risk of dying than folks with less of this key mineral in their diet.
It’s not hard to maintain a healthy ratio.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, of course, are always a good bet. They contain very little salt and plenty of potassium.
But foods like white beans, yogurt, sweet potatoes and salmon top the list. Spinach, too, has nearly seven times as much potassium as it does salt.
On the other end of things, though, are the deadly processed foods.
A can of chicken soup, for instance, has six times as much salt as potassium. Meanwhile, a slice of pizza has an unhealthy ratio of nearly 4-to-1.
It’s that simple.
For good heart health, eat less salt and more potassium.
It’s a vital ratio… that could save your life.
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