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Sea Salt vs. Table Salt – Which is better?

There are some differences between the two kinds of salts; while their chemical makeups are the same, both of them consist of two main minerals: sodium and chloride.

But ocean salt has different taste and texture from table salt. It is processed differently and very lightly, and normally is produced through evaporating seawater. This is the very reason why it has different flavor, texture and color. It usually has a small amount of minerals from the water source depending on its location. Iodine is one of its natural ingredients.

All ocean salts are not created equal too! Most coastal countries produce ocean salt which flavors and colors vary from one another. They are all known as gourmet salts, preferred over table salts by many.

In comparison, table salt is more heavily processed, eliminating other mineral traces. It’s also added food additive to prevent it from becoming clump, which is damaging to our health.

Healthy sodium consumption should be 1,500- 2,300 mg a day.

If you have high blood pressure, or have reached middle-age, aim for the lower end of this sodium consumption range. Though ocean salt is more natural, less sodium and has other minerals, too much of it is not good either.

And don’t confuse salt from sea with salt from Dead Sea.

More on Sea Salt

Sea salt contains less sodium than standard table salt so this is helpful to individuals suffering from hypertension.  Sea salt is a broad term that generally refers to unrefined salt derived directly from a living ocean or sea. It is harvested through channeling ocean water into large clay trays and allowing the sun and wind to evaporate it naturally. Manufacturers of sea salt typically do not refine sea salt as much as other kinds of processed salt, so it still contains natural traces of other minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iodine. Proponents of sea salt rave about its bright, pure, clean flavor, and about the subtleties lent to it by these other trace minerals. Some of the most common sources for sea salt include the Mediterranean Sea, the North Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean (particularly in France, on the coast of Brittany). Sea salt is healthier and more flavorful than traditional table salt. It’s available in coarse, fine & extra fine grain size, and many sizes in between!

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10 Foods that Lower Cholesterol

LDL and HDL The bad and The Good Cholesterol

1. Whole grains and oats – a five-year Insulin Resistance Athersclerosis Study showed that people whose diets contain the most whole grains “had the thinnest carotid artery walls and showed the slowest progression in artery wall thickness.”

2. Blueberries – a compound in blueberries (pterostilbene) may help lower cholesterol as effectively as commercial drugs with fewer side effects.

Walnuts lower HDL Levels 3. Nuts – I recommend Pistachios, Walnuts, and Almonds – a Penn State study showed that eating pistachios significantly lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed eating walnuts or almonds after a high-fat meal might protect your heart. Omega-3 fats and antioxidants in nuts work to reverse the arterial damage caused by saturated fats.

4. Avocados, 5. Olives, and Olive oil – 26 of the 30 grams of fat in an avocado are heart-healthy, unsaturated fats that can increase your levels of HDL cholesterol. The good fats in avocados, olives, and olive oil protect against heart disease and diabetes. Check out the Mediterranean Diet.

6. Flaxseed oil – flaxseed oil can lower blood pressure in men with high cholesterol. In a three-month study of 59 middle-aged men, those who took daily flaxseed oil supplements (with eight grams of the omega-3 fats, alpha-linoleic acid) experienced significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

7. 100% cranberry-grape juice – antioxidants in grape juice slow down LDL cholesterol oxidation, and cranberry juice raises HDL or “good” cholesterol.

8. Fish and Fish oil – a study from the Norwegian University of ScienceSalmon Oil to Lower Cholesterol and Technology found that people with type 2 diabetes who consumed high doses of fish oil over nine weeks lowered the size and concentration of several lipoprotein subclasses (cholesterol) in their bodies.

9. Pomegranate juice – a National Academy of Sciences study showed that pomegranate juice reduces cholesterol plaque buildup and increases nitric oxide production (nitric oxide helps reduce arterial plaque).

10. Yogurt with live active cultures (probiotics) – Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN said “several studies have shown that the probiotics Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Reuteri actually help lower cholesterol. They work by preventing the reabsorption of cholesterol back in to the blood stream.”

You might be a person who is predisposed to high cholesterol, or maybe your diet could use a shape-up. Here are a few key points on cholesterol that I try to focus on:

LDL or “bad” cholesterol deposits itself on the walls of your arteries, forming plaques that make them hard and narrow. HDL or “good” cholesterol removes excess LDL in your blood and brings it to your liver for disposal. The more HDL you consume, the less LDL you’ll have in your blood.

You may need natural herbs to help reduce your cholesterol, but eating a heart-healthy diet and getting exercise are very important. To find out what type of herbs you need to help reduce your cholesterol please check our website By Clicking Here or contact Dr Akilah for a private consultation.

Foods that Lower High Blood Pressure [Hypertension]

High blood pressure or hypertension is defined as a repeatedly elevated blood pressure exceeding 140 over 90 mm of Hg- a systolic pressure above 140 and a diastolic pressure above 90 mm of Hg. Today approximately one billion people worldwide have high blood pressure according to the Healthstats webpage. That translates to about one out of every four adults being affected with hypertension.

The Australian Health Foundation has mentioned that lifestyle modification is an important treatment strategy that should be applied regardless of other indicated treatments for patients with hypertension. A healthy low fat low sodium diet and regular exercise are major factors in managing high blood pressure. Apart from the daily dose of prescribed medicines, below is a list of some medicinal foods that help in reducing blood pressure.

Garlic Lowers High Blood Pressure And Helps To Maintain Cholesterol Levels

Naturopaths routinely claim that garlic is one of the world’s longest used medicinal foods. Garlic was an important medicine to ancient Egyptians listed in the medical text Codex Ebers. The ancient Indian Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita recommends the use of garlic in treating heart disease and blood pressure.

 One of the major breakthroughs in the research of garlic study was the discovery of allicin in 1944 by an Italian chemist, C. J. Cavallito. In their research article, “Effects of Garlic on High Blood Pressure,” Nigel Stocks and Thomas Sullivan have mentioned that the blood pressure reducing properties of garlic are due to its hydrogen sulphide production and allicin content.

Garlic helps in the control of blood pressure. It acts by reducing the formation of clots and thereby reducing blood pressure. It also lowers the blood cholesterol level. Apart from its heart benefits, garlic has antioxidant properties that help in fighting against cancer. It is also one of the commonly used home remedies to fight cold as it improves the immune system.

Saffron Is A Natural Remedy Used in Treating High Blood Pressure

Saffron is one of the world’s oldest and most expensive spices. This exotic herb finds mention in several ancient texts. It is specially mentioned in Bhavprakash Nighantu,an ancient Ayurvedic text for its significant use in treating high blood pressure. Saffron finds many uses in ancient Ayurvedic, Unani and Tibetan medicine in heart diseases, acne and digestive disorders.

According to Dr. George Jacob of Heart Infocenter, saffron contains a chemical called crocetin that helps to lower the blood pressure. It should never be consumed in large quantities as it causes unconsciousness. Just a pinch of saffron can be used while cooking like adding in rice dishes or to a cup of freshly brewed tea.

Tomatoes Play A Key Role In Reducing High Blood Pressure

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a disease fighting antioxidant. It is also found in grapefruits,apricots and papaya. According to recent studies tomatoes are an excellent source for managing high blood pressure and fighting cancer. In the book Tomatoes, Lycopene and Human Health Dr. Esther Parran says “The results of short term treatments with tomato extracts have been encouraging since they help to reduce blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensives.”

According to an article published in China Daily on February 1, 2001, researchers in Israel found that a daily dose of tomato extract helped lower the blood pressure among 31men and women with mild hypertension. Tomatoes are high in gamma-amino butyric acid(GABA) a compound that helps to lower the blood pressure.

Phytonutrients In Broccoli Help In Heart Disease By Reducing High Blood Pressure

Glucorapharin,a naturally occurring compound found in broccoli sprouts and broccoli may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke according to a new research published in the May issue of the Proceedings of The Academy of Sciences of the USA.

Broccoli plays a key role in the reduction of heart disease risk according to recent studies. Broccoli is rich in phytonutrients. Researchers from the University of Hawaii have shown that phytonutrients help in reducing the blood pressure by significantly reducing the formation of plaques in blood vessels. Phytonutrients are found in other green leafy vegetables like spinach and cabbage and are known for their anti-cancerous properties as well.

High blood pressure can be naturally cured with the help of a Naturopathic Doctor. While medical doctors look to only control the symptoms by treating it with dangerous medications with harmful side effects. To help treat hypertension naturally, regular exercise is extremely necessary for controlling blood pressure and heart disease. Dietary changes like reducing sodium intake and having a healthy low fat diet go a long way in managing hypertension. To help create a natural healing program for High Blood Pressure contact Dr Akilah for a consultation.

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