Hi. This is Jane Brown. I am here today to talk about how reducing your sodium intake may be beneficial in managing blood pressure levels.
Many people feel that they will be going against nature if they stop eating salt or even cut down a little. Studies have shown that the relationship between high blood pressure and sodium show that we are better off with less salt. Researchers feel that we consume enough amounts of salt naturally just from the foods that we eat. We don’t need to add any more!
The average person gets about four teaspoons of salt every day but only needs about a quarter teaspoon.
Salt is an acquired taste. If you grew up consuming very salty foods, then it will take time to re-train your brain to realize that you do not need to add salt to your meals. If you sweat a lot, it is important to replace the water that you have lost with drinking plenty of water before, during and after exercise or on a hot day. As well, it is also recommended to increase your potassium levels to help balance out the fluid levels in your body.
6 Benefits of Reducing your Sodium Intake for Blood Pressure Management
Keep a tracker similar to the one below:
- Record all the foods that you eat every day. This will be beneficial when you have a doctor’s visit
- Measure the amount of salt that you consume each day.
- Take the salt shaker off the table.
- Don’t add salt to your food before tasting it. This is a habit! Think about it!
- Do not add salt when you are cooking
- Try to add low sodium spices instead
- Read the labels when you are shopping and choose low sodium products and meals
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. This is a better choice compared to packaged snacks
- Be aware when you are dining out. Ask for meals that are prepared without salt
Now Jump for Joy! You are on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
As always, we suggest that you consult with your doctor to find out if reducing sodium intake is helping you or not.
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Have a healthy and happy day!
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