Cut Down on the White Stuff

by / Wednesday, 08 February 2017 / Published in Lifestyle
too much salt

We know the health implications of eating too much salt don’t we…. high blood pressure, risk of heart disease among numerous others yet we eat a lot of salt, especially here in Spain!

Its packed into everything so it seems an almost impossible task to reduce our intake. Some salt if actually good, in fact essential to maintain circulation through the kidneys. These days most of us are eating too much of it so we have a few tips and guidelines to reducing your salt intake. 

Back to Basics

We are lucky here in Spain that the supermarkets aren’t full of ready made meals which pushes us to focus much more on cooking from scratch. It’s obvious, when you cook yourself you know exactly what you are putting in! Homemade is always best if you ask me.

Try opting for pink Himalayan rock salt,  it’s unrefined and higher in phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and iron than normal sea salt.

Avoid Processed Foods

Ok, so we know we should avoid things like chips and pizza but even the items that we see or advertise themselves as “healthy” are usually packed with salt…. your breakfast cereals, pasta sauces, fresh veggie soups, all full of salt.

Try making your own granola for your breakfast, you can bake a batch to last a couple of weeks and cook up and freeze a batch of fresh soup. Delicious and will help you keep from exceeding your daily dose.

Read the Label

Get into the habit of checking the Sodium content on the label when you are buying packaged foods. Sometimes the high sugar content in a product like apple pie can mask the high sodium. Compare brands of the same food item until you find the one that has the lowest sodium content..

Off the Table

Get that salt sellar off the table! It’s merely a habit that we get into of adding salt as we sit down to eat when it probably isn’t even needed.

Your 5-a-Day

Lots of fruit and veg such as aubergine, parsnips and sweet potato are a great source of potassium. Potassium helps to fight against salts

attempt to narrow blood vessels by widening them. It’s the narrowing that can increase your blood pressure. widen blood vessels where

salt works to vasoconstrict (narrow) them, which can cause an increase in blood pressure.

Our salt preference is an acquired taste which we can teach our bodies to ask for less. It takes about 6-8 weeks for us to get used to eating food with less salt but once you’ve made the change you will be surprised at how difficult it actually becomes to eat very salty food like chips and crisps.

A juice cleanse is a great way to get started to kick the salt habit so why not try one of cleanses and see how easy it can be!

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