Hi foodie lovers, today I am steering more to the salty side of life and thought I should let you in on a little bit more about salt.
Did you know that ideally, your salt intake should be 5g of salt a day. Although as South Africans (including me) at most times consume double this amount.
Do you often ever feel bloated or tired? Dizzy, thirsty and have frequent headaches? Then you might be taking into too much salt. Guilty, guilty, guilty as charged…aren’t we all. Well most of us .
Salt is not only a seasoning used at the side of the dinner table but can also be found in many of your processed foods. Meaning we consume a lot and a lot of salt without even knowing it. So be careful and try to cut down on the salt. You might be putting in more than your bargaining for.
Here are reasons why too much salt is bad for you:
• It can lead to high blood pressure.
Salt allows the body to keep hold of water, so the amount of blood in your veins is more than it should be, putting a lot of pressure on your arteries and causing severe damage. Usually there are no visible symptoms of high blood pressure but in severe cases of high blood pressure there are symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
• It can cause kidney failure, vascular dementia and eye damage.
Again, the blood pressure when it is dangerously high it damages the veins and arteries in vital organs such as your brain, kidneys and heart.
• It can increase cellulite
The body retains water because of the high salt content making you feel bloated. Pressure on the veins and arteries filter through areas where circulation is not at its best, such as your thighs and bottom the areas where cellulite target first and quickly.
• Too much salt can lead to depression.
Salt is harmful for those who are prone to depression and panic attacks as salt diminishes the body of potassium which is vital for the nervous system, to work at its best.
Try to make healthy choices and cut down on salt. Here are few tips and advice from a dietician (M. Beeth) regarding salt and the use their of:
• Read food labels carefully.
• Salt content is classified as low if there is 120mg of sodium in 100g of serving.
• Avoid highly processed products which contain huge amounts of salt. These include canned soups, cheese, processed meats and chips etc.
• Snack on raw vegetables, fruit and unsalted nuts.
• Use fresh or frozen vegetables in your cooking as tinned products contain salt to preserve the product.
• When cooking, try replacing your salt with herbs and spices,