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Eat Less Salt

This question comes from my sister Megan who is currently pregnant and asked me if I think she might be getting too much sodium in her diet, and is it a bad thing. Well, Megan great question, glad you asked.

Too start off you need to know that sodium, a.k.a salt, is very important to your health and you need it to carry out normal body functions. But just like most things, too much of it can be a bad thing. The recommended intake a day is no more than 2,400 milligrams(mg), but even that’s a bit much. To keep things on the safe side, especially if you have high blood pressure, you should try to keep your intake around 1,500 mg.

While you’re pregnant though (Megan) it is recommended to have a little more sodium in your diet to maintain fluid levels. So the swelling is most likely not from too much sodium, just a part of the process to make me an uncle. 🙂 Just drink a little extra water and keep an eye on your salt intake, as good as those foods might taste to you right now. One good rule of thumb is to try and keep your sodium intake per meal at or around 400 mg.

Let’s make one thing clear, sodium does not make you fat. What it will do is make your body retain extra water and, in result, have the scale read a bit higher than usual. More importantly though having too much sodium in your diet is most known for causing high blood pressure, which can lead to plenty of other unwanted health risk. If you think that you might be getting to much sodium, drink plenty of water to help your body release some of the water it might be holding on to (sounds funny I know, but it works). Remember, always check serving sizes. Just because they stuff everything into one package doesn’t mean it only counts as one serving.

Do your best to try and read more lables of the foods you are eating and be careful eating too many of those frozen dinners that claim to be “Lean” or a “Healthy Choice”. Most of those frozen dinners come very close to your recommended daily intake and will put you way over your limit.

Click on the picture below and see if you might be maybe eating too much salt.

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Just by knowing some of this info you can easily lower you salt intake and be healthier for it.

Live the Salt Life at the beach and not in the kitchen. 🙂

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