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Is Your Food Making You Old?

  • September 26, 2011
  • 5:01 pm

Your Blood Pressure Is Rising

You May Need More: Potassium “Having too little potassium in your diet magnifies the toxic effects of excessive salt intake,” Dr. Fruge says. Most processed foods have added sodium but no extra potassium, so if your meals come from boxes, you’re likely at risk. Worsening the situation, when your kidneys try to flush out the salt, you lose even more potassium. “The imbalance damages blood vessels, driving up blood pressure,” Dr. Fruge notes. “Eating better can correct the problem—I’ve seen people drop thirty points in three days.”

How Your Doctor Knows: A review of your diet reveals all your GP needs to know. If there’s any doubt, he can evaluate your cardiovascular function with blood tests to check blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and kidney function, along with stress tests, body-fat measurements, and ultrasounds of your heart and arteries.

Food Fix: Cut your sodium consumption to no more than 1,500 mg per day, and eat seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Supplement Solution: Potassium supplements can lead to arrhythmia or other cardiac problems, says Danine Fruge, MD. Stick with produce to avoid those side effects.

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11:47AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Very Informative

10:18PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

I agree, your food is really the key, the key to happiness, the key to a better life, to a hralthier life, for you , your familly and the planet!

Alec Blenche
Managing Partner

6:12PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

Thanks for the information.

11:07PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Good info, thanks.

12:47AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

There were some tips in here I didn't know about - especially the copper. Thank you.

11:54AM PDT on Oct 4, 2011


6:38PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Thanks :)

3:46PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Very useful information.

12:21PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011


10:35AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

Is copper really absorbed by the skin ? I would be grateful if someone can give some details on the process.
on the whole the article is very informative. thanks

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