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The New Link that Stomach Cancer & High Blood Pressure Share

Sodium and Stomach Cancer

Not to ruin your day, but you might be interested in this new study by the World Cancer Research Fund. They found that 14 percent , (or in other words, one in seven) cases of stomach cancer could be prevented by watching sodium levels.

I don't know about you, but considering this new information and also sodium's impact on blood pressure numbers, I think it's worth the effort to start learning what foods have higher levels of sodium and how to keep those levels under control.

how sodium increases blood pressure  Do You Know What to Look for When Watching Your Sodium?

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, in the U.K. where the study was completed, 43% of people consume more than the recommended amount of sodium. 

That recommended amount has a little more lenient number of 2400 mg's when high blood pressure isn't in the picture. If you do happen to have high blood pressure, aim for 1500 mg.

Don't you think it would be a good idea to get into the habit of aiming for the lower number even if you don't have high blood pressure? That way it's easier to not go over the 2400 mg, and is just a good habit to form.

Low Sodium Diets

It is really easier than it sounds to keep your sodium levels down. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep packaged foods to a minimum. Three-quarters of our salt comes already included in packaged foods. FYI: Not a good thing!

  • Read and compare labels. The same food from a different brand could have more or less sodium than the other. For example: one low sodium chicken stock had more sodium than a regular product, and I found a well-known brand of soup that their low sodium tomato soup was the same as their regular product.
  • Cut back on deli-meats, red meat, & fermented foods such as pickles, beer, etc.
  • Learn to enjoy more fruits and vegetables - they are actually pretty good!  
  •  Drink enough water; one recommendation is half of your weight per day in ounces. A rule of thumb is when your urine is getting to be more of a clearer color than yellow color, you are either there or close. This helps wash some of the excess sodium out of your body. (An added benefit: if you have been constipated, you will probably have some relief!)
This may be harsh, but it is your choice on whether you watch your sodium or not. But consider this:

Only about 15 percent of stomach cancer patients live more than five years because this particular disease isn't usually diagnosed early enough for treatments to bring better results.    

That coupled with the possible outcome of high blood pressure issues and medicinal side effects make dietary efforts soooo much easier to deal with. Don't you think so, too? : )

P.S.  One of the BEST foods for controlling high blood pressure is BEETS. You may or may not like beets tho, and they sure can be a pain to fix, right? I’ve found the easiest way to eat beets is this way.