A big question we get when customers are looking into trying our products is “are these shakes okay to use when you have high blood pressure?” Which isn’t surprising when you see the latest studies released from the CDC shows that a whopping 90% of Americans are consuming too much salt. Sodium can be a major factor in high blood pressure, and that puts you at a much higher risk for heart disease or a stroke.
First, as for the IdealShape shake; we always recommend speaking with your doctor before beginning our product if you have any doubts. However, the main nutrients that help regulate blood pressure are Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin E, and Zinc. All of which are accounted for in the shake’s nutrient blend.
The other big factor is keeping your sodium intake low. Soda, burgers, pizza and most junk food contain not only a large amount of calories, but their sodium levels can be just as scary. (The IdealShape shake has only 230 mg per serving.)
The CDC recommends a healthy sodium intake of 2300 milligrams and yet the average American’s intake is at 3,300 milligrams! That’s puts us at almost 150% of the recommended intake. Also, if you’re over the age of 51 or have high blood pressure, you should try to keep your intake to about 1,500 milligrams daily, which makes that 3,300 average even scarier.
So does dropping your sodium intake mean that you have to drop your current menu? Not always! While fast food doesn’t leave much room for alteration, your recipes can make minor changes without losing all that flavor, in some cases, you can even add some more.
What do I mean by that? Well how about Bacon Salt. A Bacon-flavored seasoning that contains ½ the sodium level of even the best salt substitutes out on the market. Plus, it’s Kosher, 0-calories and Vegetarian. And yes, I can attest to its terrific flavor. (Their company slogan is also awesome.)
There are some pretty amazing sodium alternatives out there, and if you’re watching your blood pressure I bet you’ve seen a few. So let us know in the comments what sodium alternatives you are using.