Sodium (salt) is one of the body’s essential major minerals and helps to regulate the cell’s water balance. Water tends to accumulate in areas where sodium collects. Unfortunately, it’s easy to take in too much salt through our diets and end up with unwanted bloat.
Fast foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, pizza and tacos are full of salt and saturated fats. Common processed foods such as soups, potato chips, olives, pickles, salad dressings and ketchup are also heavily laden with salt. We can also add too much salt when preparing food at home.
To help shed unwanted pounds and improve your health, try to limit your salt intake. Be sure to read the labels before you buy bottled, canned or frozen food. Don’t buy a product if salt is listed as a main ingredient. Instead buy prepared foods with no added salt or reduced salt
For flavoring, use garlic, basil, oregano and other herbs to intensify the taste of healthy fresh vegetables, whole grains and meats. Substitute potassium-based products, such as Morton’s Salt Substitute. Use powdered seaweed such as kelp or nori to season vegetables, grains and salads. Tamari low-salt soy sauce and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos are delicious when used as salt substitutes in cooking. Love, Dr. Susan