Have you ever felt bloated? Have you felt sluggish, like you’re carrying around a couple more pounds of water weight in your hips, thighs and stomach? Follow these tips to not only help decrease the days you feel sluggish, but also give your heart a healthy boost.
Everyone needs a little bit of sodium, about 1,500- 2,300 milligrams daily to help maintain your blood volume, and balance the water and minerals in your cells. Sodium also plays an important role in nerve impulses and muscle contractions. However, too much sodium can cause a lot of unwanted problems. Women who consume a high amount of sodium daily are at an increased risk of osteoporosis, even if they drink enough milk. Consuming high amounts of sodium can cause high blood pressure or hypertension that can lead to heart disease or stroke.
Many people think that all salt is sodium, but that isn’t entirely true. What our science labs told us, is that salt is made up of both sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl). Sodium naturally occurs in a lot of meats, nuts, grains and dairy in very small amounts. Processed and fast foods are the largest source of sodium that adults consume on a daily basis and they normally contain your daily allowed percentage of sodium or more in one serving.
To decrease your daily sodium intake and protect your heart, check out these handy tips we’ve compiled:
– Read Nutrition labels to check the sodium content on the foods you get every week to see how much sodium you’re consuming on a daily basis.
– Cut back gradually in order for your taste buds to adjust. Since many of the foods that are high in sodium are so flavorful, foods will taste a little bland until your taste buds get used to the change.
– Purchase more fresh fruits and veggies that are very low in sodium and high in water content.
– Plan meals with less sodium. This means less foods that come from a box or a frozen meal plate. The perfect solution is Perfect Blocks that’s not only low in sodium, but has the perfect proportion of protein, carbohydrates and fats to keep you feeling energized and balanced.
– Use herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, basil, pepper and thyme to add flavor to your favorite dishes instead of salt.
– Limit the use of condiments like relish and soy sauce that are known to be very high in sodium.
Your Turn: Why do you want to lower your sodium intake? Have you ever tried to do it before?