Today I want to talk about Salt.
Salt is a crystalline mineral mainly made up of sodium Chloride.
Sounds harmless right? However, that’s not always the case. I am not disagreeing that Sodium isn’t required for bodily function, because it is. What I’m saying is that when you start abusing your sodium intake day after day, that’s when the problems occur.
Excess amount of sodium can completely throw the body out of balance, raising your risk for severe medical risks. To list a few, there are:
- High Blood pressure The amount of blood in your circulation is a key factor determining your blood pressure. When you consume more salt than what your kidneys can handle, the extra salt preserves water and your blood volume increases, raising your blood pressure.
- Heart Disease and stroke When you consume too much sodium and your blood pressure is too high, over time the added pressure can make your vessels less elastic and more vulnerable to buildup of fatty deposits called Plaque. When this occurs, atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) develops.
- Other problems Too much or too little salt in your everyday diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or electrolyte disturbance, which can cause neurological problems. Keep in mind though, that drinking too much water, with insufficient salt intake, will actually put you at risk of water intoxication.
Oh & did I mention that if we were to cut salt intake by a third, we would save tens of thousands of lives per year AND shave $24 billion off of health care costs.
Not sounding to harmless now, huh? Unfortunately, not many people or corporations see it that way. Take 1/3 of Denny’s FAMILY restaurant menu for an example. Adults shouldn’t be consuming any more than 6000 milligrams of salt a day and kids ages 4-6 shouldn’t be consuming no more than 3000 milligrams. Well, looking at the menu you’ll see that there isn’t ONE Kid’s Meal for fewer than 470mg. Let’s not even talk about the Adult Menu. If you were to order a classic cheeseburger WITHOUT CHEESE you’re looking at 1560 milligrams. That’s not even including your choice of a side, or your drink. I mean, to me that’s horrible!
We can’t always control the amount of sodium we intake while dining out, we CAN control it in our homes. Here is a list of foods that are high in salt for you to consider:
- Soy Sauce
- Bread (such as crumpets and bagels)
- Some breakfast cereals
Instead of eating those, try incorporating Beans, Salmon, Fresh fruit & vegetables, and rice into your meals. Such a simple fix!
I know this post has been rather long, so I’m going to end it here. I hope if you learned anything, it was the severe medical risks that a high sodium diet can do to your body, not that Denny’s is a horrible place (even though that is something to keep in mind next time you’re looking for a place to dine out. HA!)
Have a great day ❤
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