salty foods and BP spike

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Those of you who are salt sensitive, can you describe the BP spike you have after eating salty foods? For example does a spike happen after just one salty meal or does it require several meals over a few days? How long after eating salty foods does the spike occur?

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  • Posted

    Hi are you asking because yours spikes after salty meals, I was and still am told that you do not take BP after a meal, drink, needing loo just waking and after exercise, so its possibly not the salt but the meal in general, if your using too much salt in your cooking or on your food after its cooked then yes it will increase BP but probably in a more overall way, also salty snacks want help it either.

    You don't say things like how old you are, if your on medication etc

  • Posted

    For husband, he has heart failure, it makes him retain water, his dry cough increases, which means in his case nearly always he is developing fluid in his lungs, and his weight shoots up, his blood pressure does not seem to change very much, but we avoid salt like the plague.

    The first months of avoiding all salt were a nightmare, checking everything that when into our supermarket trolley, the only thing I have found without salt are tinned tomatoes, everything else has salt, some at frightening levels.

    We went back to what I call grandmothers, fresh fruit and veges, eggs, plain meats, visiting the supermarket these days is a completly different experience.

    • Posted

      I totally appreciate and sympathise with the effort thats needed to keep to a low salt diet and the difficulty in looking for low salt foods in supermarket. I am horrified like you with the high salt content of many everyday foods.

      I think there is a gap in the market for salt free food. Maybe we should start a thread for ideas for salt free foods.!

      I will start with one. Although still not particularly healthy, for crisp lovers

      Walkers salt and shake crisps are zero salt , obviously without the blue salt sachet .

    • Posted

      Paul the problem with alot of food, is the salt is a preservative, it helps the food retain its freshness.

      Crisps for us are on the not allowed food lists or very rarely, a small packet shared for Xmas, and or birthdays are all we allow ourselves, because husband is always living on the edge of congestive heart failure, (lungs full of fluid), not compatable with life I'm afraid.

      Even the mildest virus and he is in trouble, again, the heart specialists at our heart hospital have said they would employ me in a heartbeat if only I had my nursing degree, as they have told me I'm better than most of their nurses at recognising when he is getting into trouble, rather than being in a crisis fighting for his life.

      Even in the hospital last time with a virus, about 8 weeks ago, Dr's had him on a drip, and allowing him to drink all the water he wanted, I arrived visiting time and hit the roof, he was on the verge of congestive heart failure, and the nursing staff were telling me, but his ankles are not swollen, HE DOES NOT GET SWOLLEN ANKLES, and I have been telling them this for the last 6 years, on a regular basis, and if only they would read his file, it is noted there from previous occasions.

      GRRRRRR, I can rave and rant about this very subject, and still they do not get the messages, as its not in the text book.


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    It can be different for everyone. Its best to go over this with a doctor, imo. For me, it was great to speak with my doctor and get trusted answers. She even suggested medication delivery for me.

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