Too Much Sodium – A Silent Killer?

Too Much Sodium  – Are You A Victim?

Too Much Sodium in your diet is more common than you think. Sodium is in almost every type of food and is used in higher amounts to preserve food. Preserved foods and fast food are very high in sodium. You may have heard some indications that salt in high amount is unhealthy for you, but why? Let’s take a deeper look into this mysterious unhealthy substance that is so common in our foods, namely fast foods and preserved foods and why you need a healthier diet.

Salt is mainly used for its additive flavoring and spicing for foods. However, if you notice on any nutrition label of any foods, they will always list the “Sodium” content. This sodium is listed in the amount per serving and usually in milligrams (mg.). The nutrition label will be the only indication you need to determine how much sodium you’re about to eat. Too much sodium from your diet can put you at higher risk for dozens of diseases.

Sodium & Salt

Sodium is often interchanged with the term salt. The reason for this is because table salt is a substance composed of sodium and chloride. Sodium is present in foods by itself, plain sodium. However, once eaten and in the body, sodium must combine with another substance to form a salt. Hence why sodium and salt are often interchanged when talking about eating it. All of this talk about salt and too much sodium leads you to the question: How does sodium affect your health? Below are a list of ways that sodium can impact your health.

1. High Blood Pressure
2. Worsen Edema
3. Fluid Retention which can lead to Dehydration

4. Electrolyte Imbalances

5. Worsen Heart Failure

6. Increase Risk Of Stroke OR TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)

7. Worsen Kidney Failure

You can learn exactly how to alter your diet and avoid foods high in sodium. You can base your daily intake of sodium on the current recommendations which indicate that you should not eat more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. Low Sodium & Healthy Recipes 2013

You can easily keep track of your daily sodium intake by taking note of the nutrition labels and recording the amount of sodium in every food that you eat. You may be surprised how easily your eating too much sodium everyday, but this is not the worst thing. It is good because now you can take control of your diet and lower your sodium intake. A healthier diet is easier than you think and simply involves taking notice of the sodium content in foods and refusing to eat foods high in sodium.

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