Sodium is a necessity, in order for our bodies to function properly. Salt, in moderation and other electrolytes help our bodies retain proper fluid levels. It is dangerous to try to live without salt.The problem comes in, when there is a sodium overload in the diet, which can raise blood pressure, and lead to a stroke, kidney damage, or death.
Mid March has been designated as Salt Awareness Week. During this time little known information is shared regarding salt. Here are 7 facts about sat, provided by Lindsey Nair, in her column, Corner Shot, in the March 14th Extra Section of the Roanoke Times
1.Salt, like baking soda can be poured over a grease fire, to extinguish the flames
2 Sea salt has just as much sodium chloride as rock salt or table salt.
3 The recommended daily allowance for salt is 2400 mg. Unfortunately 9 out of 10 Americans consume much more than this.
4. Ninety Seven percent of American children eat too much salt, which predispositions them for high blood pressure.
5.More than 75 percent of dietary salt intake comes from processed foods.
6 You can tell if an egg is spoiled by placing it in cup of boiling water. A fresh egg will sink while a rotten egg with float.
7 You can kills side walk weeds, buy pouring salt followed by boiling water on them
WASH, World Awareness Salt Week, utilizes the week set a side in March to address issues dealing with the increase in salt consumption. The 2014 agenda was to target companies that use added sodium in their processed foods. Consumers should be concerned about their sodium intake, not not for one week in March, but every day throughout the year.
It is recommended that we add no more than 2300 mg of salt to our daily diet. This equals about one to one and 1/2 teaspoon. What I have found helpful is to gradually decrease the amount of salt I use for cooking. Over time, I get used to the taste of food without added sodium. I also use commercial products like Mrs Dash in place of salt. Sometimes I use spices, like paprika, cayenne pepper, and or garlic, to season food.
Salt within the body can also be reduced, by consuming foods that have high calcium and magnesium intake, a well as potassium rich foods, such as green leafy vegetables, and raw fruit. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium will offset sodium in the body, and prevent high blood pressure, and kidney damage.