If a person hardly eats salt, can their blood pressure still go up high?

9 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

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  • RICK
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes salt is a minor not major contributor 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Salt is not the primary reason for high blood pressure- for salt to impact blood pressure, you'd also see edema in the soft tissues.

  • Judy
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Yes.  Alcohol, caffeine, medication side effects, stress, lack of sleep, overweight and diseases can all cause blood pressure spikes.

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  • 1 month ago

    Salt is not the reason for high blood pressure. The mechanism of salt is to retain water, and it's for this reason that the misconception of raising the blood pressure is endorsed by the medical profession.

    According to the medical profession, salt holds too much water in the vessels, resulting in too much pressure against the vessel walls.

    But there are a few things wrong with this theory.

    One is, that if a person with high blood pressure (and not taking medications for it) observes a drop of blood from their finger, they'll see that it is rather dark red in color with a thicker consistency.

    This is NOT an indication of "too much water". Blood is normally 94% water, and if there was more water than normal, the blood would be much thinner and a lighter color.

    While it is true that we get a lot of salt in processed foods, there are no areas to store nutrients for future use, so the body takes what it needs and discards the rest. Most of the excess salt is lost through urination, respiration, thermoregulation, and waste disposal - whenever water is lost from the body, so too is salt.

    The only reason the body would hold onto excess salt is because it needs it.

    When you don't drink the water you should to maintain proper hydration, the body will allow salt to accumulate - because it retains water from food and this is the only way it can prevent cell damage from chronic dehydration.

    Going back to the blood viscosity, this is the reason it is thicker and darker in color - because dehydration has caused a loss of water volume by around 8%.

    NOT consuming enough salt contributes to dehydration - again, salt holds water in the cells. Thus, it would be a contributing factor for developing high blood pressure (although not the "actual cause").

  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes of course. Do you eat canned anything? TV dinner. frozen pizza, or anything that is microwave ready? All prepared foods or can goods are PACKED with sodium and nitrates. That's salt only much stronger then regular table salt. Sodium is a preservative. It's even in breads otherwise they would be full of mold one day after arriving in the store. Sodium makes can goods last years. It makes bread last weeks. Look at the packaging of things and it tells you how much sodium is in it by serving. A can of soup can have a thousand milligrams of sodium but they divide it into servings and there are 2 in a can. Eat the whole can and you've had almost all the sodium you should have for that day. 

  • 2 months ago

    Yes, of course. 

    Health organizations have been warning us about the dangers of salt for a long time.

    That's because high salt intake has been claimed to cause a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease.

    However, decades of research have failed to provide convincing evidence to support this.

    What's more, many studies actually show that eating too little salt can be harmful.

    So if you're thinking of a salt-free diet, you'd better reconsider that. 

    Best wishes. 

  • Rick B
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Of course.  There are numerous reasons for hypertension.

  • Yes. In fact I'm having a massive heart attack as we speak 

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