Balancing Salt in Your Diet HealthiNation
Did you know that throughout history, salt has often been more valuable than gold? And there’s a good reason: Aside from being an important food preservative and making what we eat tastier, salt is essential for human life. But in larger quantities, salt can also be deadly. The components of salt (sodium and chloride) play a major role in our health. And salt is in a delicate balance with the amount of water in our bodies. But too much salt can raise blood pressure. And that can lead to all sorts of serious health problemsâ€¦like an increased risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, and probably.
Even stomach cancer and osteoporosis. The average American man eats about 10 grams of salt a day, and the average American woman eats about 7 grams. That’s WAY too much, probably more than twice what is healthy. And if you’re over 50 or have other risk factors, you should eat even less. A lot of people think that all the commotion about excess salt and high blood pressure doesn’t apply to them, but actually about 13 of adults already have hypertension and another 13 have prehypertension. High blood pressure and the health challenges it leads to are a really big deal. Heart attack is the number one cause of death in the United.
States, and stroke is the third. about 100,000 deaths each year have been linked to simply eating too much salt. There are a number of ways to lower your salt intake: toss the salt shaker and don’t add salt to the food you make. Ask restaurants not to add salt to your dishes either. Another good idea is to check sodium content on labels. Did you know that about 75% of the salt we eat comes from processed foods like breads, cereals, soups, deli meats, fish and poultry?â€¦And don’t even get me started on most fast foodsâ€¦. Salt hasn’t been traditionally regulated by the US government because it’s been considered.
Â€œGRASâ€� or â€œgenerally recognize as safeâ€�. But a national coalition has been working recently to require food manufacturers to limit the amounts of salt they put into their products. It’s already worked in the UK, Ireland and Finlandâ€¦and Japan, Australia and Canada are also on board with this public health initiative. Now I know from my own work as a nutritionist that change is difficult for a lot of people, even when the facts are clear and compelling. But the good news is I also know that a person’s sensitivity to salt can be â€œresetâ€� within about 3 to 4 months. So by slowly reducing your high salt intake, your taste buds can adjust to and appreciate the full range of.
Flavors without feeling meals are bland. Now that good advice is worth it’s weight in salt.
Living With and Managing Coronary Artery Disease
Music playing Coronary artery disease is a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries of your heart. The arteries supply your heart muscle with oxygenrich blood. Plaque narrows the arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle.
This condition is known as atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. It also increases the likelihood that blood clots will form inside the arteries. Blood clots can partially or completely block the flow of blood. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease.
And it is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Half a million Americans die from it every year. Narrator: Coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, is a serious condition. It can lead to angina, which is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when not enough oxygenrich blood is flowing to an area of your heart muscle.
It can cause a heart attack or damage to part of the heart muscle. Over time, coronary heart disease can lead to heart failure, a condition in which your heart can’t pump enough blood throughout your body, and it can lead to heart arrythmias, or problems with the speed or rhythm of your heart. The good news is that you have the power.
To prevent or delay coronary artery disease. This means taking control of or lowering its risk factors. You can do this by making lifestyle changes and taking medications that your prescribes. Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit. Ask your about participating in a smoking cessation program and whether you should consider taking a medication.
To help you stay off cigarettes. Also, avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Follow a hearthealthy eating plan, which will help you reduce or prevent high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and help you maintain a healthy weight. Every day, you should eat a variety of grains preferably whole grains and fruits and vegetables.
Choose a diet which is low in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and moderate in total fat. Prepare foods with less salt, avoid sugarsweetened drinks. Woman: When we go to parties, we don’t go with the dips and the fat. We take vegetables and fruit. And that’s what we eat. Instead of using ground beef,.