Salt does have a way of making your eyes glaze over, when hot buttery French fries arrive at your table with a side of extra salty sauce for dipping, the butterflies in your stomach start to flutter and you fall in love, but I assure you, the feelings aren't mutual.
We are a salt obsessed culture. The CDC claims, 90% of Americans eats too much salt. On average Americans eat more than 3,400mg of sodium a day. The sodium recommendation for adults should not exceed 2,300mg a day and around 1,500mg-1,900mg for children under nine years old. Research shows that consuming salt triggers the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the brain's pleasure center, making salty foods as addictive as nicotine and alcohol. Therefore, as with any addiction, eating salty foods makes you crave more.
Your body does need some sodium--to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and contract and relax your muscles--but only about 500mg per day. When you eat far more than that, your brain chemistry is altered.
9 out of 10 Americans are consuming way too much sodium—and that excess can have a lasting impact on our health, including raising our risks for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. About 75 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure—that's 1 in every 3 adults. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, killing over 375,000 people a year, and on average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. It is clear, it is time to Break Up with Salt.
The early salt fixation starts when we are toddlers and unless altered in some way, continues to grow with us. The prevalence of hypertension among children reported by various studies ranges from 5.4% to 19.4%. According to the CDC, about 1 in 9 children has raised blood pressure. Salt is like a bad boyfriend, there are several life saving reasons to break up with your boyfriend today and start a new healthy relationship:
- Lower your blood pressure
- Lower your risk for heart disease
- Lower your risk for stroke
- Maintain and improve chronic kidney disease
- Maintain and improve diabetes
- Lower your risk of Osteoporosis
- Lower your risk of Dementia
- Lower your risk of stomach cancer
- Weight loss
- Reduce bloating
- Transform your body inside and out
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