Published: January 8, 2015

    High Blood Pressure Can Lead to Serious Disease – The Role That Salt Based Softeners Plays in This Equation

    High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. Given that one out of every three adults in the U.S. (78 million adults) has high blood pressure, chances are good that you or somebody you know has it, and may not even be aware of it.

    Understanding Blood Pressure Numbers

    Blood pressure is measured as systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic refers to blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic refers to blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. Blood pressure numbers are commonly denoted with the systolic number above or before the diastolic number, such as 110/70 mmHg (the term mmHg refers to the millimeters of mercury, the units used to measure blood pressure). The American Heart Association guidelines state that blood pressure in adults age 20 or older should normally be 120/80 mm Hg or lower (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic). Of course one has to keep in mind that slight fluctuations occur throughout the day caused by changes in posture, exercise, stress, or sleep.

    The Salt Connection

    Although a recent study in France indicated that salt intake may not be connected to high blood pressure, a vast majority of scientific research confirms that as sodium is reduced, so is blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning in September 2014 that nine in 10 schoolchildren in the U.S. are eating more salt than recommended. The report stated that one in six children has raised blood pressure that can be lowered to optimal levels through a healthy diet with less sodium. Almost half of the salt comes from 10 processed foods – pizza, bread, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, processed meats, processed chicken, pasta dishes, soup and Mexican dishes.

    It is common knowledge that people who drink adequate amounts of water reap multiple health benefits, aside from staying hydrated. The benefits of water include promoting weight loss, maintaining kidney and digestive functions, helping skin stay young, and flushing the body of toxins. But if the water itself has toxins, that defeats most of the health benefits. Likewise, water softeners and filters help reduce toxins in drinking water, but if those filters use salt, the process itself can actually unknowingly be contributing to a person’s sodium intake. If you are worried about too much sodium, the best bet is to consider a water softener alternative with salt free technology system. This is the perfect solution for hard water problems without the use of salt or potassium. And while you will still have to put effort into preparing and eating healthier meals to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, your drinking water will not factor into the equation.