Simple Ways to Reduce Your Salt Intake (And Why It’s Bad for You)

Use these smart strategies to reduce your sodium intake!

Ahh, salt. A staple on the American dining table – and a health risk to millions of Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average adult consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day; almost double the recommended amount. It's time to cut back.

Why is salt bad for your health?
Too much salt in your food can place you at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke. By lowering your salt intake, you can greatly reduce high blood pressure, even in adults who are not at risk of heart disease.

Easy ways to reduce your salt intake: 

Dine at home. Restaurant meals often contain high amounts of sodium, and many restaurants do not release nutritional information of their meals. The best way to know what you're eating is to prepare it yourself. If you find yourself dining out, request that less salt be added to your dish.

Buy fresh or frozen vegetables whenever possible. Preservatives in canned foods allow items to last much longer than fresh or frozen varieties – but they also saturate your food in high doses of sodium. If you choose the canned option, look for brands that offer reduced-sodium varieties.

Use salt-free spice blends when cooking. There are many herbs and spices that can add flavor to a dish. Steer clear of salt in your cooking and only add a dash to your dish tableside.

Read food labels. Canned foods aren't the only supermarket culprits. Unsuspecting items like breads, frozen pizza, and cereal can all top the high-sodium scale.

Reducing your salt intake is just one of the many smart ways that you can become a healthier you. Are you ready to get started? To schedule a no-cost consultation or learn more about the Garcia Weight Loss and Wellness Program, visit our website today!

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