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  • Secrets for a Balanced Life #5
    Reduce Salt Intake

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke deaths. The most common source of sodium is table salt. Diets low in sodium may help lower blood pressure and related risks in many people. Guidelines recommend daily sodium intakes of not more than 2,400 mg. Typical U.S. intakes are 3,000 to 6,000 mg. For your benefit EM-BALANCE does not contain any salt or sodium chloride.

a. If you like the taste of salt use potassium chloride instead

Most people enjoy salt taste with their meal and therefore should use potassium chloride as a substitute. Potassium chloride tastes exactly like salt but has the opposite effect on the body’s metabolism. Salt can act as a vasoconstrictor (shrinks the arteries and therefore the heart has to pump harder to push blood through, causing higher blood pressure). Potassium chloride is a vasodilator - widens arteries and reduces blood pressure. Check with your health care professional to find out if taking potassium chloride is okay for you. Potassium chloride can be bought at a grocery store in the spice and salt section and is labeled as a salt substitute.

b. Certain foods naturally contain low amounts of salt

Fresh vegetables, legumes and fruit have very little sodium. Use herbs and spices to flavor food. Try to choose forms of foods that you frequently consume that are lower in sodium and salt. Sodium plays an essential role in the body by regulating fluids and blood pressure.

 


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