One of the great mysteries of maintaining our health and well-being is how to find balance. There are so many food groups that are critical to your body’s function that, when misused, ultimately become hazards. For example, our bodies need healthy fats to help us create energy and grow healthy cells, but most Americans consume too much of the bad fats that can ultimately be extremely dangerous for our health. The same is true of salt. Salt is an essential mineral that helps keep our organs operating properly, but too much salt can lead to high blood pressure and can eventually contribute to heart disease.
Say Goodbye To Processed Foods
According to the CDC, “more than 70% of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed and restaurant foods…” Salt is used in a lot of boxed foods to add the extreme flavor that American consumers are used to and as a preservative. Salt draws moisture out of foods making it difficult for mold or bacteria to grow. But most people don’t consider these hidden salts when determining how much sodium they consume in a day. In order to preserve your heart health, we recommend you cut back as much as possible on processed foods.

Remove The Shaker From The Table
Most recipes call for some degree of salt, and presumably, that amount of salt is more than appropriate for the meal your eating. If you and your family members have the tendency to re-salt your plate at the table, consider removing the shaker as a temptation. It may take some time, but your taste buds will eventually acclimate to a less salty diet and you won’t even miss it!

Choose A Better Variety Of Salt
Not all salts are alike. There are different kinds of salt on the market, and each differs in the size of grain as well as in the way it is produced. Table salt comes in very small grains meaning a tablespoon of table salt is more densely packed than a tablespoon of flaked sea salt. So while you may not realize it, your table salt is actually adding more sodium to your plate than would another variety. This can be tested by weighing out salt different types of salt to see that a half cup of table salt is as much salt as a whole cup of kosher salt.

Your heart health depends on your commitment to a balanced diet. Some diets will tell you to completely cut things like salt and fat from your diet. However, we know that these elements are critical to our health. By taking the time to make these small adjustments to your diet and lifestyle you can see huge improvements in your heart health. For more information about heart healthy dietary changes, give us a call today.