Sodium is a compound found naturally in foods. One teaspoon of salt contains 2,400 milligrams of sodium. Table salt is not the same as mineral-rich natural salt. Real salt is beneficial to the body in many ways.
Table salt is 97 per cent Sodium Chloride (NaCl) which is chemically produced, bleached and devoid of most other nutrients. It may also contain aluminium, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other problems in the body.
Avoid excess sodium intake: High sodium intake is directly linked with greater risk of hypertension. Hence, one should refrain from sprinkling excess salt on foods and consuming lot of processed foods.
Here, listed are the products you should stop consuming, and alternatives you can look forward to instead of consuming Table salt :
• Himalayan pink salt is slightly lower in sodium as compared to table salt and is found deep in the Himalayan mountains. It contains all 84 trace minerals needed by the body. It is naturally pink or red and has a much milder flavour. It is the highest quality salt available, as it is from the mineral rich Himalayan mountains and is not affected by the chemicals and toxins that are increasing in quantity even in natural sea salt.
• Sodium is an essential trace element found in salt and supports contracting and relaxing of muscles, maintaining adequate fluid balance and preventing dehydration, preventing low blood pressure and sending nervous system impulses.
• Avoid foods high in sodium such as breads, biscuits, papads, salted wafers, popcorns, canned foods, salted nuts, pickles, processed meats (ham, bacon, sausages, salami) and packaged foods.
• Avoid products with MSG (monosodium glutamate) and sodium benzoate.
• Use fresh vegetables and fruits rather than canned.
• Try alternative herbs like ginger, turmeric, thyme, cinnamon, parsley, basil, rosemary, dill, and much more to reduce salt intake.
• Experiment with sea vegetables like seaweed, nori, kombu, dulse and wakame in place of salt. This is also beneficial for the thyroid gland. It can be added in soups, salads and vegetable mixes. Consume 1-2 tsp a week.
• Use apple cider vinegar, lime dressing or yogurt dressing with herbs and spices for salads instead of sprinkling salt.
• One can consume a pinch of pink salt mixed in water called ‘sole’, first thing in the morning to achieve optimal fluid balance, prevent dehydration and help with low blood pressure.
• Replace table salt shaker on the kitchen shelf or dining table with a bottle of fermented Indian achars made with carrots and cucumbers, seaweed shakers and herb containers to make a better choice to add flavour to the meals.
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