Many people add salt to their food, and while sodium does have its place in our diets, most of us consume too much. Sodium does help regulate blood pressure and provides proper nerve and muscle function. On the flip side though, diets that are too high in sodium can lead to kidney disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke, osteoporosis and kidney stones.
The American Heart Association claims that 97% of American children and adolescents consume too much sodium. If that’s true, that means adults are consuming too much too, since children’s eating patterns tend to mirror their parents.
Many prepackaged, processed foods contain large amounts of sodium because it adds flavor to foods and acts as a preservative. The American Heart Association recommends eating less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.
The easiest way to make sure you maintain a low-sodium diet for yourself and your family is to:
- Eat more home-cooked meals using real ingredients and less processed foods.
- Instead of adding salt to your food, add herbs and spices!
Herbs and Spices are medicinal plants that are high in antioxidants, and each has their own set of health benefits. Not only that, but that add a delightful taste to your meals, much, much better than salt ever can. Experiment with herbs and spices and awaken your senses and health all at once!
Here is some additional info should you want to learn more about sodium:
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