REASONS TO REDUCE SODIUM USE
REASONS TO REDUCE SODIUM
Did you know that the average American consumes over two times the recommended sodium intake daily? Over time, consuming excess salt can have a number of negative side effects, such as unhealthy retention of water, increased blood pressure, and kidney failure. Many of us know that these negative effects occur, but do we know why? And do we know how to avoid them? Our bodies are amazing machines that want to stay balanced at all times.When we consume high amounts of salt, our bodies counter balance that consumption by reducing the amount of water our kidneys release through our urine, which in turn increases the volume of water in our blood and cells. When the volume of our blood increases, this causes our blood pressure to rise, causing more stress on our heart and arterial walls. This stress on our arterial walls causes the muscles around our arteries to become larger and harder, which further increases our blood pressure and even causes a narrowing of the arterial pathways. This spike in blood pressure and the corresponding narrowing of arties increases our risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart disease, which can ultimately result in such conditions as heart failure and heart attacks (the leading cause of death in Americans today).
As mentioned before, the retention of water occurs when our kidneys are no longer releasing our bodies’ stored water through our urine. Because our kidneys are holding onto the water, our bodies are no longer regularly releasing toxins. In turn, this lack of filtration can cause catastrophic kidney failure. Because a high sodium diet can cause such severe problems as blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, increased toxin levels, and kidney failure, we should always be searching for a way to decrease our sodium consumption. One of the best ways to do this is to reduce the amount of salt in the seasonings we use on our foods. This is why Feast Mode is your premier choice for seasonings. A ¼ teaspoon of your average seasoning can contain anywhere from 150 mg to 350 mg of sodium, where one ¼ teaspoon of Feast Mode Seasonings contains only 14 mg to 35 mg of sodium. With extremely low salt content and out of this world flavors like Cheddar Bacon and Tennessee Whiskey, you’ll not only be choosing a healthier seasoning, you’ll be loving what you’re eating.
Matt Carlson – B.A.Exercise and Sport Science