REDUCING YOUR SODIUM INTAKE:
1. Daily recommendation: 2,300 mg (about teaspoon of salt) —> the average American consumes 3,400mg a day
2. 80-85% of sodium in the average American’s diet comes from PROCESSED/PACKAGED foods!!! 10% is from unprocessed foods and 5-10% from an actual salt shaker.
3. The average person only needs 180-300mg or sodium per day to function properly
4. Studies have shown that those who decrease their sodium intake for 10-15 years experienced 25% fewer heart attacks or cardiovascular events compared to those who did not. This is because consuming a low sodium diet can decrease your risk for high blood pressure which is a big risk factor for heart disease.
5. Fast food eaters typically consume more than 4,000mg of sodium per day!!! *
* How to reduce:
1. Buy foods in their natural state: unsalted and fresh
2. Avoid frozen dinners, canned soups, instant meals whenever possible
3. Remove the salt shaker from the table
4. Avoid salty snacks like crackers, chips, pretzels, popcorn, pickles
5. Avoid ham, bacon, sausage, corned beef, hot dogs, pepperoni whenever possible
6. Limit processed and low fat cheeses due to higher sodium content
7. Limit condiments like mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, steak sauce, and garlic salt
8. Read your labels!!!!! *
*Now before you say “well I don’t have high blood pressure I’m fine” or “I sweat a lot I’m good”... I want you to remember most of us have a genetic predisposition for high blood pressure and we aren’t getting any younger! Our blood pressures naturally increase as we age!! Add in some extra body weight, smoking, high stress lifestyle, poor kidney function, or a high sodium diet and you might very well develop hypertension! So start a healthy lifestyle today to help protect your future self down the road!
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