Learn to Control Your Sodium Intake

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On average, nine out of ten adults in the United States consume in excess of 3400 milligrams of sodium each day. That is more than double the American Heart Association's recommended daily limit of 1500 milligrams. Health problems continue to grow as excess sodium increases a person's risk for serious diseases, such as high blood pressure, which has been linked to both cardiovascular disease and stroke. Excess levels of salt may also put you at risk for osteoporosis, kidney stones, stomach cancer, kidney disease and headaches.

Nearly 80 million American adults suffer with high blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for death in women, contributing to nearly 200,000 deaths each year. When put into context, this staggering number is nearly five times the annual female deaths from breast cancer. Additionally, children who consume diets high in sodium are twice as likely to develop high pressure as those on low-sodium diets. In addition to the negative impact on kid's heart health, too much salt in their diet can impact bone, brain, stomach and kidney health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the sodium that we eat is already in the foods we get from the grocery store and restaurants. These include many processed foods like cured meats, breads, canned soups, pizza, sandwiches, cheese and savory snacks. In learning how to control your family's salt consumption, it is important that you read and understand the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) food labels. Plus, when shopping look for the American Heart Association's heart with a checkmark label that certifies you are making a smarter food choice.

If you would like to learn more about how sodium intake can impact your good health, contact the Metabolic Research Center for a free, no obligation consultation. In addition to learning to read food labels, the friendly staff can show you how to use food journaling, portion control and food replacements, such as more vegetables and fresh foods, to change your salty ways.


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