If you have high blood pressure, pay attention to this:
Before you grab that next 500 mL of soda in the fridge or add another 2 tablespoons of sugar into your coffee....
Read the message below first.
I promise, I wouldn’t take too much of your time.
But after reading this, I hope you’ll be a little bit enlightened and be guided with future choices you make in acquiring the next meal you are to put into your mouth.
It has been taught for many decades that saturated fat and cholesterol are the enemies whenever hypertension and heart disease are the topic of the argument.
So it is unsurprising that if you go to the grocery and pay particular attention to the nutritional data of some, if not most, of the food items that you buy, you will commonly see “low fat” or “zero cholesterol” in most of the labels.
The global food industry has tried its best to adapt what to sell to the market based on current guidelines that leading health authorities deemed safe.
Unfortunately, we have been barking too much at the wrong tree (saturated fat and cholesterol). The real perpetrator remains free at large.
Recent studies by modern day scientists found out that the effect of this sweet poison continues to contribute to the ever increasing rates of OBESITY, DIABETES, & HEART DISEASE.
For the past four to five decades, our foods have been fortified with hidden sugars to make up for the reduction of those “unwanted” fats.
Now, as much as I don’t want to be overtly simple, please allow me to be so; hence you can understand basically why excess SUGAR is not good for you and your high blood pressure.
From the illustration above, you can see how sugar affects your blood pressure.
Here is the explicitly simplified explanation:
When you consume EXCESS SUGAR, over time, it will cause your INSULIN (storage hormone) to be constantly ELEVATED.
Constant elevation in your insulin can alter the balance of some of your electrolytes that are very important in blood pressure regulation
SODIUM will be retained
Sodium retention will cause WATER RETENTION
Both Sodium and Water Retention can cause HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
Furthermore, elevated insulin can eventually develop into insulin resistance(means that your body will not respond to a certain normal amount of insulin anymore). This can cause LESS MAGNESIUM storage by your body.
Basically that’s what the illustration is all about and that is all I wanted you to internalize.
With these simple added information in mind, I hope that next time, you’ll be more cautious when you open again that fridge full of sweet sodas or when you choose to add more sugar in that cup of coffee.
At the end of the day, it is still what you put in your mouth that counts when you really want to be healthy.
Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.