Crave Salty Foods? This Is One Ingredient To Help Protect Against High Blood Pressure
If You Are Eating Lots Of Salt, Use Probiotics To Protect Against High Blood Pressure
Are you someone who loves and craves salty food? Increasing your intake of probiotics may be important for your health, according to a new study released by Nature: International Journal of Science!
Salt is one of those minerals that is good in moderation, but can become problematic if consumed in high doses. This study found that in both mice and humans, a high-salt diet decreased the number of certain beneficial bacteria in the gut (I guess your microbiome doesn’t like salt as much as you do!).
When this bacteria shrinks in population, a pro-inflammatory immune cell called Th-17 increases in population. These Th-17 cells have been linked to high blood pressure.
So the bad news is, eating too much salt may put you at risk for high blood pressure. However there IS something you can take to help reverse the effects of a high-salt diet: PROBIOTICS.
Probiotics And Salt-Induced High Blood Pressure
It shouldn’t be surprising that too much salt is linked to high blood pressure; scientists and doctors have been warning against the dangers of a high-salt diet for years. It’s been linked in dozens of studies to cardiovascular disease (the #1 cause of death in America).
Salt overdose causes the body to retain extra water, meaning that the heart and blood vessels have to work harder to pump extra volumes of fluid. This can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack and even stroke. According to the new study released, excess salt also increases the pro-inflammatory Th-17 cells that can lead to hypertension.
However, researchers discovered that having strong colonies of beneficial gut bacteria helps to re-balance the anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cells.
In the study, participants who took probiotics for a week before consuming a high-salt diet maintained NORMAL blood pressure despite the excess sodium!
This is in contrast to what participants who were given no probiotics experienced. These people ate high salt diets without probiotics and had both Th-17 cells increase along with their blood pressure.
What This Means For You
This goes to show how powerful your gut microbiome really is! No, we are not saying you should feel free to load up on all the salt possible just because you are taking probiotics… but we are saying that a high-quality probiotic could help keep your body healthy while still allowing you to enjoy a reasonable amount of salty food!
Even if you aren’t a salty-food person, probiotics have fantastic benefits for anyone! Here are some other benefits of consuming probiotic-rich foods and supplements:
- Improve digestive
- Boost Immunity
- Improve moods
- Improve oral health
- Improve absorption of nutrients
- Reverse food allergies
How To Take Probiotics Daily
The easiest way to ensure you’re getting high-quality probiotics on a daily basis is by taking a supplement like Biotic Balance. Each capsule contains 10 potent strains of probiotics and 50 billion colony-forming units. We formulated Biotic Balance with the highest quality ingredients and absolutely no fillers, milk cultures or hidden grain-based ingredients.
Beyond taking a daily supplement, you can also add probiotic rich foods to your diet, including:
- Coconut kefir
- Yogurt (organic, grass fed)
No matter who you are or what your background, probiotics most likely have some great benefits in store for you! If you have underlying health concerns, always speak with a professional before beginning supplementation of any kind.
Remember, we’re in this together.
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Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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