A friend recently asked me for some tips to lower her sodium intake, and I figured this would be a good topic to cover here. Excessive use of salt has been linked to high blood pressure, insomnia, and it can affect your joints if you have arthritis or osteoporosis, along with other health conditions.
Here are a few easy ways to cut back on the sodium in your diet:
1. Eat fresh veggies.
Avoid canned veggies. When possible, eat seasonally. For example, in the summer eat lots of leafy greens. In the fall, eat more root vegetables. Canned veggies are fine in moderation, but often loaded with sodium.
2. Avoid pre-packaged seasonings.
This includes dressing packets, taco seasoning, etc. One serving of commercial taco seasoning contains more than two times the recommended amount of sodium you should have per day according to the USDA.
3. Eat whole, natural foods.
The more you cook at home, the more you can limit exactly what goes into your foods. Eating a diet rich in lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, make it easier to ensure your sodium intake is low
4. Experiment with spices.
Try using spices like cumin, paprika, or thyme. Always try a bite of your food before adding salt onto it. It may not need it at all.
5. Avoid fast food and restaurants whenever possible.
Fast food is loaded with salt! I used to work at a restaurant that offered a free Happy Hour buffet every Friday. They would add extra salt to all of the items so people would feel more thirsty and drink more, which is how they made most of their money.
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