The average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of salt per day, which far exceeds the FDA-recommended limit of 2,300 milligrams. In fact, many Americans fail to understand that the FDA’s limit is only just that -- and not an actual recommended daily allowance.
Salt and sodium can be found in many foods, especially those that are packaged or processed. Even if you’re not an individual who adds table salt to food, you’re probably most likely already consuming far more salt than your body needs.
Salt causes us to retain water, which means our kidneys have to work twice as hard to filter out toxins. Many individuals who consume heavy amounts of salt long-term can eventually go on to experience kidney failure or develop kidney disease. Additionally, the excess water in our systems can result in an increase in blood pressure, which in turn, can place strain on our brains, hearts, and arteries in addition to our kidneys. Salt can even negate the effects of medications used to treat high blood pressure.
From a weight standpoint, conditions such as water retention, kidney problems, and high blood pressure are all risk factors for obesity. The sooner you can cut way back on salt, the sooner you can lose weight and become healthier. In fact, if you make a conscious effort to eat foods that lack sodium, you’ll notice that your stomach will begin to slim down in as little as two or three days.
Here are a few tips that will help you reduce and manage your overall salt intake:
A food journal will help you calculate exactly how much salt you’re eating on a daily basis, and will help you identify and eliminate high-sodium foods from your diet. Write down all the foods you’re eating, along with the amount of sodium in each to track your daily salt intake.
Take note of each meal’s overall sodium content and look for salt in the ingredients list. Start making healthier choices when it comes to purchasing meals and try new foods that are low in salt or lack salt completely.
Instead of sprinkling salt on all your meals, start using garlic, lemon pepper, and other types of herbs and spices that will enhance the flavor of your food and make you forget all about using salt.
If you insist on adding a little bit of salt to your meals, start using all-natural sea salt that lacks the additives and chemicals found in most common household table salts. Purchase sea salts in bottles with built-in grinders to help cut back on the amount you’re sprinkling over your food.
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