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Say no to sodium

By: spencer

It’s National Heart Month and you’ve probably heard a lot about eating heart healthy and cutting salt, or sodium, from your diet.

But what is sodium anyway, and why is it so bad for you?

Sodium is a necessary electrolyte that keeps the fluids in our bodies balanced, but consuming too much sodium throws off the fluid balance. This causes high blood pressure and puts stress on your heart.

Over time, high blood pressure can

·         Stretch or weaken the blood vessels,

·         Cause heart attacks, and

·         Increase the likelihood of plaque buildup in your arteries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that individuals consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Unfortunately, the average American eats about 3,400 mg per day.

Cut sodium in your diet with these tips.

·         Read nutrition labels

·         Choose foods with 150 mg of sodium or less

·         Limit intake of packaged or processed goods

·         Rinse canned vegetables

·         Limit the use of the salt shaker

·         Add flavor to dishes with fresh herbs and spices

 

Eating healthy is one way to protect your heart. Find out how healthy your heart is with our fast, FREE online heart health risk assessment. Take it in February and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a getaway to the National Harbor and other great prizes!

Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

 

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