We all need to control our calories, fat and sugar intake if we desire to be in good shape. But it is also necessary to lower your salt intake, if you want to look and feel better. Too much salt doesn’t only affect your health but also your appearance.
Why control your salt intake?
We all know that sodium is one of the main components of salt; sodium is needed for healthy bodily functions. But on the other hand, consuming too much sodium daily is not recommended for health, studies have shown that we should not consume more than 5gr. of sodium a day. Sadly, the majority of us consume more than that, so we can clearly see we need to control our sodium intake.
Apart from that, as mentioned, excess salt in our diets can result in cardiovascular diseases, as it increases blood pressure, circulatory problems and puts unnecessary pressure on your heart.
Incidentally, excess sodium affects our kidney function, weakening our bones and triggering gastric diseases.
At a cosmetic level, excess salt in your diet means excess sodium in your body, leading to liquid retention, which means difficulties with cellulitis, spider veins and increased wrinkles.
Furthermore, it can cause baggy eyes because of the liquid retention from the excess salt in the diet.
Without a doubt, we feel swollen, uncomfortable and heavy if we are retaining liquids. This doesn’t occur if we are well hydrated and excreting all the liquids and wastes from our body.
If you desire a cleansed body that will leave you feeling and looking wonderful, you will need to control your calories, fats, sugar and salt intake.
Hints for controlling salt intake
To control salt intake and avoid surpassing the daily-recommended limits, it is necessary to follow the following suggestions:
- Use herbs and spices: By using fresh herbs, condiments and spices in your dishes it won’t be as necessary to use as much salt, since it will be flavorful.
- Don’t add salt without tasting first: Often we add salt without even thinking about it. Taste your dish first and only add salt if it is necessary.
- Avoid eating sausages, cold cuts and cured meats: These food products are hidden sources of sodium, as they are prepared using large quantities of salt and sodium. The best way to avoid this is by eliminating these foods from your diet.
- Avoid processed or precooked foods: These food products contain high amounts of salt to help conserve the product for a longer-shelf life. Avoid using these products by cooking your meals at home using organic ingredients.
- Don’t use bouillon cubes or artificial flavorings: These types of products contain lots of salt and sodium. It is better to use herbs and spices, this way you can avoid using any type of commercialized flavoring.
- Use marinades and salad dressing moderately: These products generally have high amounts of sodium; by controlling your use of these products you will be controlling your salt intake.
We are positive these simple suggestions will contribute to your healthy diet.