Keeping Your Salt Consumption in Check
Most people in developed countries consume far more salt than they need in a day. In fact, the amount of salt that most of us consume reaches dangerous levels that put us at risk for health problems such as cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.
At first, it may seem like an overwhelming challenge trying to maintain healthy salt consumption. Salt seems to be in just about everything we eat. However, with practice, you will learn how to eat a diet that is low in salt and that promotes your overall health.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most people should not be consuming any more than 2300 mg of salt per day. Individuals who are 51 or older, or who have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes should consume no more than 1500 mg of salt each day. Salt consumption for people with Meniere’s Disease should be no more than 1500 mg of salt per day.
If you are in the habit of consuming more salt than your body can handle, how do you begin to curb these habits? One of the leading reasons that people consume more salt than is healthy for them is that processed foods have become more popular than ever.
With our busy lifestyles, it’s simply easier to grab a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant that uses highly processed ingredients that are loaded with sodium. In addition, instead of using fresh ingredients to cook meals, many people use canned goods and other easy-to-prepare ingredients to save time. All of this leads to over consumption of salt (and a number of other unhealthy ingredients).
By getting into the habit of cooking at home where you can take control of what goes into your meals and manage your salt consumption, you will be doing your health a big favour. Purchase fresh foods, read product labels, be creative with spices that do not contain salt, and soon enough you will be on the road to better health.
If you have questions about keeping your salt consumption in check contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.