Another over consumed substance in the food industry besides sugar is salt. Salt is found everywhere and if abused can lead to health issues (heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease just to name a few).  The good thing is, our body needs salt, that is, in moderate amounts with plenty of water.

  • Salt helps retain water in the body:

Our bodies rely on electrolytes, including salt, to help carry out electrical impulses that control many of our bodies’ functions. To keep our bodies functioning as they should, our bodies need the proper amount of electrolytes. Electrolytes trigger thirst mechanism, which cause us to consume adequate amounts of water. With this water, our kidneys are able to keep the appropriate amount of electrolytes in our bloodstream. The amount of water our bodies retain also impact blood pressure. (Fitday.com)

Definition: SALT

  • Scientific: a crystalline compound NaCl that consists of sodium chloride, is abundant in nature, and is used especially to season or preserve food.
  • Historic: the Latin word 'sal' comes from the word 'salarium' (salary) making these words originally related= "salt-money, soldier's allowance for the purchase of salt"

Common phrases/expressions with salt:

  • Worth one's salt
  • Take with a grain of salt
  • The salt of the earth
  • Below the salt

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/worth-ones-salt.html

Not all salts are created equal:

  • MSG (monosodium glutamate) is one of the worst food additives on the market. Usually found in Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, processed meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners, processed foods, baby food, and even infant formula.
  • MSG is approximately 78 percent free glutamic acid, 21 percent sodium, and up to 1 percent contaminants.3
  • Many other adverse effects have also been linked to regular consumption of MSG, including but not limited to: obesity, eye damage, headaches, fatigue and disorientation, depression..

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/04/21/msg-is-this-silent-killer-lurking-in-your-kitchen-cabinets.aspx

How to reduce daily salt intake:

  • Eat out less. Restaurants/fast foods heavily salt the food. .
  • Cook and eat whole foods. Avoid canned foods as well as salad dressings and other processed items.
  • Opt for water when eating a meal. All sodas contain salt..
  • Keep the following snacks while traveling: unsalted nuts, fruit (apple, pear, banana) 
  • When cooking, lightly salt in layers (at each step add a bit of salt instead of all at the end)
  • With salads, use vinegar and olive oil instead or try the following recipes:

Recipes:

  • Carrot ginger dressing: chop 3 medium carrots, 1/4 cupshallot, 1/4 cup fresh ginger, 1/2 cup of each(white vinegar, olive oil, and water) tbsp of sesame oil or tahini, or add whole sesames. Purée in blender.
  • Gazpacho dressing: chop 1 large tomato, 1garlic clove, 1/4 red onion, 1/4 pepper, 1/4 cup of vinegar, olive oil and water. Purée in blender.
  • Garden pesto dressing: 1 Handful of spinach and almonds each, 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup vinegar and water. Purée in blender.

46 smart uses for salt:

Bottom line:

  • Overall, salt is a vital substance that is good for your body (in moderate amounts) and also to have around the house for other uses. Choose sea salt and avoid msg when possible. And always drink plenty of water.

Have a wonderful day!
Christina

 

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