I saw that thing on 20/20 and believed it…until I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. And I do mean high. With a systolic and diastolic pressure both over 200, my doctors were surprised that I was still walking around and asymptomatic. I should have been spouting blood like a sprinkler with pressure like that.
Over the past 2 years, I have been through almost every test done for my condition in order to determine a course of treatment. The most fun was the MRI with a diuretic in my system to check my kidney functions. Nothing like coming within 2 seconds of pissing yourself in a backless paper gown to make you appreciate modern plumbing- I never could have made it to an outhouse.
Aaaaanywho-while I have a couple of different factors contributing to my hypertension, the #1 factor has turned out to be my sodium intake. According to my doc, the average American gets between 8000-12000mg of sodium per day. Notice “sodium” not salt-that’s key. I never added salt to my food, and I was still up around 5000mg. Why? Because things like salt and other sodium based chemicals are used as preservatives, and MSG and at least 2 other flavor enhancers are sodium based, and it all adds up. My doc put me on a powerful diuretic and a 2000mg/day diet that is an utter bitch, but my BP is almost normal, and I lost 20lbs in water weight in 2 weeks.
Want a window into my diet? Look in your pantry at your canned food, and check the sodium content per serving, then check the servings per can. Want more fun? Check out ANYONE’S Macaroni & Cheese.