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Reducing Sodium intake

Increased amount of soduim in your diet is not just bad for your cardiac health it is also weight heavy on the renal system. With this in mind an intervention group received cooking demonstrations forms and shared how they were changing typical recipes to remove salt and add spices. The results of this was presented at the American Heart Association meeting shows and its categories are below.

To investigate effective ways of encouraging individuals to reduce sodium intake, researchers conducted a study with two phases:

  • Phase 1: 55 participants ate a low-sodium diet for 4 weeks. During this time, the researchers provided all food and drink for the volunteers.
    • Phase 2: half of the study participants enrolled in a 20-week behavioural intervention, which attempted to reduce sodium intake to 1,500 mg/day by substituting salt with spices and herbs. The other half were on their own to attempt a sodium reduction. (sourced frm NMT)

Consuming Herbs and Increasing levels of exercise will strengthen cardiac health

What is a Cardiac Remedy?

This is a general term for herbal remedies that have an action on the heart. Some of the remedies in this group are powerful Cardio-Active agents such as Foxglove, while others are gentler and safer Cardiac Tonics such as Hawthorn and Linden. These remedies are discussed in more depth in the section on the cardiovascular system.
How Do Cardiac Remedies Work?

The strong and effective cardio-active remedies owe their power to the presence of the cardiac glycoside group of plant constituents. These have the effect of increasing the efficiency of the muscles of the heart without increasing their need for oxygen. This enables the heart to pump enough blood around the body and ensure there is not a build-up of fluid in the lungs or extremities.

That sounds wonderful, as indeed it is, but there is always the possibility of accruing too much of the glycosides in the body as the removal rates tend to be low. This is the main drawback of Foxglove and why it is potentially poisonous, unless used with skill and knowledge. The clinically trained medical herbalist uses Lily of the Valley in preference to Foxglove as there is less chance of such problems developing.

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

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