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      Nutrition: Pass Up on the Salt, Please!

      The pros and cons of salt consumption.
      By Nili Abrahams, CHHC
      First Publish: 10/3/2012, 3:27 PM

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      Salt has become our new fat or sugar. More and more companies are reducing the amount of added salt to their soups, sauces, cereals and condiments.

      So what happens when you ingest too much sodium? How much is too much? And finally can we get enough sodium naturally without adding salt to our foods?

      Sodium is one of the minerals that help manage biological processes. It works with potassium to normalize the operation of our nervous system, including helping neurons to send messages throughout your body.

      Sodium is one of the electrolytes that control the fluids in your body and regulate electrical activity in your heart, nerves and muscles.

      Having too much salt in your diets can cause dangerous situations including: high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, osteoporosis and poor bone development as it inhibits that absorption of calcium, kidney stones, dehydration and swelling throughout the body.

      Studies have shown that a high salt diet can often lead to higher stress levels and overeating, making you much more susceptible to depression, anxiety and obesity.

      But what are the benefits of salt in our diets?

      Some of the health benefits of natural source sodium includes: maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, maintaining the perfect heart beat and the right environment in your digestive tract.

      But not all sodium is the same. Common table salt and the sodium found in most processed foods are refined and chemically-cleansed and bear little resemblance to the mineral rich natural sodium found in salt waters and produce.

      Japanese and Mediterranean diets use great food sources of sodium for its benefits and essential minerals. Sea salts, sea vegetables like nori, kelp and kombu, black olives, celery and bananas are stables of these diet plans. So please pass on adding common salt to your foods, but find ways to add these natural sources to your day for a naturally healthier you.

      And remember you can choose your best life one step at a time.

      Nili Abrahams, Certified Holistic Health Coach at ChooseLifeNutrition, integrating Health and Wellness with Torah’s Wisdom.