We all know that too much salt in the diet is bad for us. Research shows us a diet high in salt makes your body hold on to water. If you eat too much of it, the extra water stored in your body can cause raised blood pressure which in turn can increase risk of heart disease, stroke, raised LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol) amongst other health issues….
Salt is used in many processed foods, as a preservative in packaged foods and often added to enhance flavour, so how are we expected to keep track on our salt intake? We don’t need to cut salt completely (unless of course advised by a medical professional) and DON’T PANIC it doesn’t mean no more takeaways….. Like most things in life it’s about balance and ensuring our general diet consists of foods in their natural state, unprocessed and rich in vitamins/minerals/micro and macro nutrients.
So although we need to keep an eye on our salt intake, the essential minerals in salt act as important electrolytes in the body. They help with fluid balance, thyroid function, nerve transmission and muscle function.
A few tips to stay on top of your salt intake:
Firstly when you do use salt use a salt in its most natural state so unprocessed rock salt i.e Himalayan Salt
Ask for less salt when eating out
Flavor your foods with herbs and spices, you’ll be surprised how it can change up a meal
Stay well hydrated. Often after a workout you can crave a salty snack. Get the fluids back into the system with a cool glass of water with a slice of lemon or lime to naturally replace the lost electrolytes.
Plan your meals in advance to avoid the last minute take out which usually will be packed with salt.
Oh and I guess cut down on the tequilas !!!!!!