Why Sodium Sneaks Up Affecting You More Than You Realized…

I have always loved eating salty snacks and junk food like corn and potato chips. Nothing went down better than a salty pretzel and bottle of beer. But, I don’t do that anymore. That was in the day I was young. Now, my body has changed and I can’t abuse it without severe consequences! My body demands respect and good treatment…

So, lately, I have been having a few extra aches and pains. Come to find out it was something obvious. I was having too much salt on my food. I was abusing my salt shaker.

We were also eating too many nuts. Hard to find them at your regular store unsalted. But, we order our food and have it delivered these days because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

‘Who the heck can eat just a small handful of nuts a day’! ~ your author

I would salt my potatoes in the morning and later on in the afternoon and evening I would eat macadamia nuts, mixed nuts and pistachios. I also was eating too many black and green olives. Amazing how quickly a can of them disappears!

I didn’t add all the sodium content up, but noticed I was wrinkled on my arms and just about everywhere else. Most guys don’t care about this, but women do. But, I felt so lousy and didn’t figure out the problem until the other day.

‘Older adults and people with certain diseases, such as diabetes, are also at higher risk for dehydration [1 medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000982.htm]’.

I know to limit sodium, but that’s intellectual. In the doing way, the real way, it’s different. Now, I am monitoring it consciously. It’s so easy to let things get out of hand and sleep while you eat on automatic pilot. My wife loves the sweet stuff, but I prefer salty. She never gets cavities, I would. So, at least for me, sugary stuff is my taboo.

‘While some dietary sodium comes from people sprinkling salt on their food, about three-quarters comes from processed food, including breads and cereals, dairy products and processed meats. To limit dietary sodium, people need to read food labels carefully [2 nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/health-benefits-cutting-salt]’.

I eat recommended amounts of foods from USDA choose my plate. The recommended sodium intake amounts to 2400mg a day. That’s only about 1 teaspoon of salt. I am sure I went way over. But, 1500mg a day for me and my wife would be ideal.

‘Unfortunately, salty and oily snacks like chips and crackers give me inflammation. It’s mainly the Omega 6 oils like corn, safflower and sunflower oils they use in the making of them. And, once you start eating from the bag, you are shortly into well over your daily maximum 2300 mg of sodium ~ your author

Unless you calculate sodium in all the refined and processed foods you eat, you are guaranteed to always exceed your daily maximum limit. Most Americans do. I always eat before I go to the grocery store. It helps.

Source- 1 URL medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000982.htm
Website Title MedlinePlus
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Access Year 2020
Article Title Dehydration: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

2 URL nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/health-benefits-cutting-salt
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Publication Day18
Publication Month March
Publication Year 2016
Access Day 28
Access Month march
Access Year2020
Article TitleThe Health Benefits of Cutting Salt

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

 

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