Sodium

09.19.09 | Sherri Watters | Comments[0]

Aim to eat less than 2,300 mg of salt per day. Some people — African Americans, middle-aged and older adults, and people with high blood pressure — need less than 1,500 mg per day.

1/4 teaspoon salt= 575 mg sodium
1/2 teaspoon salt= 1,150 mg sodium
3/4 teaspoon salt= 1,725 mg sodium
1 teaspoon salt= 2,300 mg sodium
1 teaspoon baking soda= 1000 mg sodium

Table salt vs. sea salt:

Table salt is made up of sodium chloride while sea salt includes minerals. Real salt which is pink in color is an even better choice. Our body needs a good balance of electrolytes which for optimum performance are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and chloride. When salt is over processed all you get is salty, not the good stuff and most fast foods and processed foods are made with sodium chloride which in and of itself can cause a myriad of health problems.

Excess sodium intake is linked to: hypertension/high blood pressure and heart disease, fluid retention and kidney stones. A high-sodium diet increases the need for potassium. The average fast food burger is between 800-1050 mg. of sodium! Canned soup can run around 600-800 mg. per serving. Most boxed convenience meals are upwards of 1200 mg per serving.

Mineral deficiencies are the main cause for salt cravings. With a proper balance of minerals from real salt you will get an upper hand on your diet.

The only time it is dangerous to drink too much water is when your electrolytes are low and are not being replaced. This can cause disturbances in brain function with neurological and cardiac complications. Many athletes who seemed to be in top condition but did not replace sodium/electrolytes, have had major health issues and in some cases death.

Many products today are being made with sea salt so read labels and get the best sources as possible. Remember buyer beware!

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