Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here...
This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found-out, and here I can also rant a bit.
Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet. Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.
As I learn, and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes and websites, I will share the information with you here. Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one. Knowledge helps you and gives you power to make better decisions.
It's not just about what you don't do or can't have. It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...
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Why are so many people today suffering from conditions such as hypertension? Could it stem from consuming foods with too much salt? That could be a factor.
The American Heart Association recommends that we take in no more than 2,300mg (milligrams) of sodium per day and most low sodium diet guidelines should be 1,500 mg or less per day, but the average American eats 3,400 milligrams daily. We should only take in a teaspoon of salt, but most of us are eating a tablespoon daily! Is this just coming from a salt shaker? Nope. It typically comes from processed, packaged and restaurant foods, where we don’t have much control over the salt intake, unless we choose to avoid all of those items.
Why cut down on our sodium intake? There are many health benefits when you don’t eat more salt than your body can bare…
Did you know, for instance, that eating too much sodium can increase your blood pressure? This is especially true for people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. And when a person has high blood pressure, they’re more likely to suffer from a stroke or heart attack-- not good.
Also, the more salt you take in, the more calcium you end up excreting in your urine. Interestingly, researchers have found this to compromise bone strength, therefore increasing the risk of osteoporosis. In other words, too much salt could lead to your bones thinning, which isn’t a desirable thing.
Then there are some other things you wouldn’t expect too much sodium to be connected to, such as the increase of asthma symptoms as well as the greater likelihood to get stomach cancer.
In order to put less stress on your body’s heart and kidneys, consider alternatives to salt. For example, Benson’s Gourmet Salt-Free Seasonings are all about adding flavor without adding salt. So you can substitute salt with all-natural seasonings from Benson’s. Read more about this here: http://www.bensonsgourmetseasonings.com/saltsubstitute.html
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