How I Finally Knew I Was Consuming Too Much Salt And Needed To Cut Back

My body was trying to tell me something. When I used to eat bags and bags of chips each week, I was also overdosing on sodium. Getting rid of the excess salt is taxing on the body.

‘I remember getting remarks when I was young salting my food heavily. I think that was because my body was searching for minerals. That’s my theory anyway in how the body gives hints to our minds’ ~ your author

Salt does make food taste better like sugar and extra oil or fat. But, if we want to lose weight, feel better, save our health and live longer, we have to face what we know we really need to do to fix our diets, which is reduce or eliminate refined and processed foods which tend to be loaded with too much salt, oil and sugar.

‘Blood pressure can be reduced by lowering dietary sodium. Experts recommend that people consume less than 2,400 milligrams of sodium a day—that’s what’s in about 6 grams of salt, or about a teaspoon. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 milligrams or less—about 3.7 grams of salt. However, the average man in the United States takes in over 10 grams of salt per day and the average woman over 7 [1]’.

When younger, I think excess oil, sugar and salt didn’t bother me as much as now. When you get older, I think your bodily organs must slow down in their ability to handle these kinds of loads. In other words, you gain a brand new sensitivity to foods you eat, especially anything refined or processed. Remember the phrase, ‘the old gray mare ain’t what she used to be’? Too much sodium can adversely affect the blood vessels, heart, kidneys, and even brain.

‘As I ate healthier and healthier, my body became more sensitive to the effects of bad food. It raised the red flag of aches and pains much quicker than before…’ ~ your author

For example, I can now feel the effects of consuming too much salt within seconds. I feel it in my hands and feet and basically all over my body. My body has changed, as I know my diet must. In other words, if my body swells up because of salt, in my way of thinking, I call that inflammation. Salt inflames, like refined oils and high fructose corn syrup. Learn to listen to what your body is telling you.

‘Everyone needs some salt to function. Also known as sodium chloride, salt helps maintain the body’s balance of fluids. Salt also functions in many foods as a preservative by helping to prevent spoilage and keeping certain foods safe to eat. But nearly all Americans consume more salt than they need, according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines are published every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [2]’.

Source- 1 URL Website Title National Institutes of Health
Publication Day 18
Publication Month March
Publication Year 2016
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Access Year 2019
Article Title The Health Benefits of Cutting Salt

Website Title U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Access Day 09
Access Month november
Access Year 2019
Article Title Lowering Salt in Your Diet

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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