No Salt Experiment
Quick background: I measure my blood pressure every Sunday. A couple of weeks ago I measured a “high normal” (orange state) blood pressure instead of “normal” (green state). My hypothesis was that my salt consumption was too high. To verify the hypothesis I reduced my salt consumption by not putting any additional salt into my meals.
The following week, my blood pressure went back to “normal” (green state) and stayed there in the following weeks.
In the meantime I’ve learned that salt in moderation (max 5g per day) is an essential nutrient. Insufficient salt intake is even a bigger health risk than a slightly higher blood pressure. Some sources like Dave Asprey even recommend to start the day with a glass of water with 1/2 tablespoon of salt to get an energy boost.
Therefore I decided to welcome salt back into my nutrition and even drink a glass of water with salt in the morning. The result: My blood pressure is still “normal” (green state) since a couple of weeks. Therefore I guess that the “high normal” measurement might have been wrong or something else caused it.
I don’t see this experiment as a failure because I learned from it. It took Edison 10.000 experiments to figure out how to make a light bulb. I love how he puts it: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”. James Dyson created 5.127 prototypes until he figured out how to build the desired vacuum cleaner. Finally Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us: “All life is an experiment. The more experiments the better.”
What experiments did you run lately?
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