While eating quick and easy is tempting, we are talking fast food, frozen pizzas, tray dinners, that super tasty, fast food has an exorbitant amount of sodium. Your body can get addicted to that salty taste too. Too much is quite troublesome for the body.
According to Harvard Studies,
“In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too.”
Here are a few ways to start cutting down on the salt!
1) Use fresh ingredients over processed whenever you can.
Veggies, you know that section of the food store that’s right at the front…FRUITS!!
2) Choose convenience foods wisely.
Opt for frozen (unsauced) vegetables over canned—and when you can’t, seek out low or reduced-sodium varieties. Frozen veggies are easy to reheat!
3) Try not to add salt! Don’t add it if you can’t taste it.
Don’t add salt to boiling water for pasta or potatoes in the kitchen. Even skip adding it to your eggs (pepper instead).
4) LOOK AT THE LABEL BEFORE YOU BUY.