Lunch time is a perfect chance to take a step back from the work bench and let your thoughts carry you wherever they may. To give your brain a bit of a prompt during a sluggish work day, “Food for Thought” is here to offer the mind an adequate serving of information. Bon appetite!
Today's Special: Sodium
Without a doubt, sodium is one of the most abundant minerals found in food today. With a majority of foods found in supermarkets carrying it in one way or another, it is virtually inescapable.
Although the daily recommended intake of sodium is up to 3000 milligrams, the American Heart Association and many cardiologists suggest aiming for 1500 milligrams or less per day to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
Some foods are unquestionably packed with salt such as pretzels, peanuts, and other snacks. However, the use of salt as a preservative adds a significant number of other foods to the list of foods to limit intake of, or avoid altogether.
These include processed meats such as deli meats, hot dogs, and frozen chicken and beef products. Canned soups can be high in sodium as well, as it preserves the meat and grains from spoiling. Instant pasta products also make the list due to the salt content in the seasoning packets that are used during cooking.
While heart and blood pressure problems may time to develop as a result of high sodium, more immediate effects include fatigue and bloating, the latter of which is a result of water retention. For athletes and anyone who drinks plenty of water per day, water retention caused by too much sodium can be problematic when trying to maintain a healthy body weight, or when trying to lose weight.
But before you put down that piece of pizza and resolve to cut sodium out entirely, it should be noted that these effects are derived from processed salt, which is a modern invention in salt production and is stripped of most of its nutritional benefits.
An alternative to processed salt, and a product proudly offered here at Moringa Source through our Herbs of Light line, is Himalayan crystal salt.
In contrast with processed table salt, natural crystal salt contains a wide range of essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Formed over millions of years and harvested from Himalayan salt mines, crystal salt is as beneficial as it is flavorful. Crystal salt usually comes in either a fine, table salt like form, or in its original course crystal form, which allows you to grind it as you would with sea salt.
Many are surprised by the effects of decreasing and monitoring daily sodium intake, which usually include weight loss and improved cardiovascular performance. Salt is a tasty and critical part of a good diet, so long as it is taken in moderation and from quality products such as unprocessed crystal and sea salt.