- Posted March 6, 2013 by
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Salt is like Schlitz
As an American who once had blood pressure as high as 175/130, I can tell you that avoiding sodium in an effort to gain control of High Blood Pressure is not hard at all. You simply need the right motivation, determination, and preparedness―qualities that each of us uses especially when compelled by a circumstance or condition.
When I was a teenager, the legal drinking age was 18 in the state in which I lived. The significance of that age requirement was that there were 18 year olds who were seniors in high school who had the legal right to purchase and drink alcohol. For novices of the day, the alcoholic beverage of choice then was Schlitz―the pony size. So on Friday or Saturday nights, some of those 18 year old, high school seniors would exercise their rights by purchasing alcohol―beer. The seniors would gather at a friend’s house on the night that parental supervision was non-existent and pop the tops on a few ponies.
I don’t know about you, but as an adult, I have had a few swigs of Schlitz, which is one of the most dreadful concoctions of hops ever marketed―in my opinion. If my tender Aunt Silver could acquire a taste for Schlitz such that it was the only beer she bought and enjoyed consuming, then surely one’s taste buds can abandon their predilection for salt.
The straight talk on this matter is that salt is an acquired taste (“something that isn’t immediately liked” per Merriman Webster) as are beer, wine, sushi, sashimi, spinach, broccoli, turnips, brussel sprouts, caviar, venison, tofu, squab, okra, quail, squash, Sweet and Low, TAB, and chitterlings (with or without hot sauce).
Once I acquired a taste for salt, but these days I’ve happily abandoned it for blood pressure that’s 118/79.
Live Normally 120/80
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