Reducing You Salt Intake is the Easiest Way to Become Healthier

By First Posted: Feb 26, 2020 Wed 2:51 PM
 
Reducing You Salt Intake is the Easiest Way to Become Healthier
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It is recently found that reducing your salt intake can actually help you to become healthy. We live in a society that measures and medicates. Despite public health exertions over the past several decades to encourage people to consume less salt, adults still take in an average of 3,400 milligrams (mg) per day — well above the current federal guideline of 2,300 mg or less daily.

Evidence has shown that plummeting salt intake reduces blood pressure, as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Salt, despite its hazards, is nonetheless an essential nutrient needed in fairly small amounts, unless you lose a lot through sweating. Salt helps maintain a balance of body fluids and keeps muscles and nerves working well. A mineral, sodium is one of the chemical elements found in salt. Though used interchangeably, the words “salt” and ”sodium” have different meanings: Salt, or sodium chloride, is a crystalline compound used to flavor and preserve food.

Monitoring salt intake begins with avoiding packaged and processed foods, such as smoked, salted, and canned meat, fish, and poultry; ham, bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meats; hard and processed cheeses; regular peanut butter (buy unsalted instead); canned soups and broths; crackers, chips, and pretzels; breads and rolls; pizza and mixed pasta dishes, such as lasagna; and more.

Since blood pressure rises with age, monitoring your salt intake increases. It’s the “ounce of prevention” that can result in the proverbial “pound of cure.” It is evident that reducing your salt intake is the easiest way to become strong and healthy.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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