Sodium is essential in the body for nerve and muscle function. It also plays an important role in maintaining proper blood pressure and volume.
Unfortunately, too much sodium is often the case for many Americans. Most Americans intake more than 3400 mg of sodium a day (approx. 1.5 tsp), which is far more than your body needs for these essential functions. This increased intake can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Another negative effect of excessive sodium intake is calcium loss, leading to decreased bone density.
Knowing the symptoms of high sodium levels can be very beneficial. Symptoms include excessive thirst, fatigue and confusion. As well as muscle twitching and/or spasms.
The FDA recommends limiting sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day (approx. 1 tsp). Maintaining a moderate intake of sodium can lead to increased health and longevity.
Simple ways to cut sodium consumption:
#1) Remove salt shakers from the table.
#2) Cook with spices and herbs rather than salt.
#3) Purchase low-sodium products when shopping.
#4) Consume high sodium foods in moderation.
Some spices and herb blends contain high amounts of sodium. A great option to cut cost, and avoid these sodium traps is to make your own spice blends. Here are several blends to create at your home:
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