Today I welcome number 59, as in age. Thinking back, I honestly have to say that I feel better than I did at 49. I’m 38 pounds lighter, look better in a swimsuit, and fit into a 32″ waist pant. I hope the next 10 years treat me just as well. But feeling better didn’t just happen (although fate helps); I also helped it quite a bit. Modified my food intake, made my physical activity work to a greater benefit, and introduced meditation a few times per week (not always great at meditation, but I try). Hello 59!

I don’t know about you but I am so confused by the latest reports on salt (sodium) in the diet. CBS News reported in May that “lowering the daily sodium intake below 2300 mg/day may do more harm than good. NPR said “Is eating too little salt risky? I’ve also read many times over the years that eating too much salt is one of the drivers of high blood pressure, at epidemic proportions in the U.S. these days. So, whats up? Here’s the bottom line, as of today. One in three American adults have high blood pressure (hypertension). Another one in three have prehypertension. And it’s world-wide. And, it’s also clear from dozens of trials that cutting sodium (and raising potassium) lowers blood pressure. We should all aim for 1500 mg of sodium/day, but most people don’t have the foggiest idea of how much they’re consuming. Look at labels when you can. Since 95% of adults exceed 2300 mg/day, the bottom line is clear: eat less salt, eat more potassium-rich foods.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.