Originally Posted by photolady
I found out that high blood pressure is a SYMPTOM, not the problem!
Researchers don't care, I guess, about finding the root cause(s) of hbp, because they found a pill that cures the symptom.
The same can be said for any number of other things... from PMS to heart attacks. Doctors are not generally interested in the cause.
I would really recommend eating a whole foods diet. Eat everything as close to nature as you can. That isn't to say you have to completely eliminate salt, but if you eat fresh fruit, veggies, meat, etc., and salt your food to taste, your overall salt intake will be considerably lower than if you were eating processed foods.
I would also recommend avoiding refined grains. White flour and white rice are the main culprits for most people, but even purchased whole wheat flour doesn't have a whole lot of nutritional value. If you must eat grains, eat the whole ones... brown rice, pearl barley, rolled or scottish oats (not quick), buckwheat groats, etc. But I would also recommend reading up on the "proper" way to prepare them. Most people cannot easily digest grains, so they do require special preparation. The damage that a lifetime of eating a grain-heavy diet does to your body is not easily reversed. But because of the big money behind the grain lobby, government subsidies, etc., nobody's willing to admit that it's the processed wheat/corn/soy that is doing so much damage to our collective health.