Are you a salt addict? I am. So are the other women in my family. We crave it. We crave it at night, or near midday. But salt is terrible for you. It’s linked to so many harmful things that we know we have to make a change. That’s where this article comes in. We’re going to cut salt down in our lives. We’re breaking the habit, going to go through the withdrawals and come out on the other side infinitely healthier.
The Dangers of Sodium
Salt is linked to weight gain, to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, dementia and kidney disease.
It is as necessary, if not more so, to cut salt from your diet, rather than fat or carbs, when you’re trying to lose weight. Sodium triggers dopamine, which makes you happy. In other words, consuming salt makes you happy. Which makes salt something you connect with happiness, which means salt is hard to kick. Sodium also boosts insulin, which makes you gain weight. And because salt makes you thirsty, you need to drink more, which is fine if you drink water, but most of us go for high calorie drinks.
Cutting Out Sodium.
Most of your sodium intake comes from processed foods. Salt is a preservative, it tastes good, it’s found in soup, pre-packed or precooked meat, sauces, and pretty much every pre-made food ever.
To get rid of the salt craving you have to implement self control – it’s like quitting smoking. It lasts about two weeks. After two weeks your body should stop craving salt. That’s because your taste buds will reset. So things you used to enjoy for salt content will taste too salty.
That means eating home more, making foods instead of buying them premade. It might mean doing extra research to plan for your meals through the week; this includes your lunches and breakfast. Try introducing more spinach, bananas, almonds and milk into your diet. They’re good for clearing sodium from your system.
Give up on fast food as a source of meals, in fact, give up on going to restaurants. Restaurants are notorious for making their food extra salty.
Checking labels is going to become necessary. Look at your nutrition label. Is there more than 120 milligrams per hundred grams of food? Put whatever it is back, it’s salt content is too high.
The Truth About Salt
You only need about 1,500 milligrams of salt a day. That’s about 2/3 of a teaspoon. A TEASPOON. Not a tablespoon. Go look at a teaspoon to see how much that is. I’ll wait.
I know, right? It’s so much, but it’s so much. Some recipes call for that much salt as part of the ingredients. Turns out, we’re eating about twice as much salt as required.
Sea salt and Himalayan salt are often offered as healthier alternatives to salt – and they are – they contain more minerals than regular salt, but they are still salt. So it’s necessary to back off adding them to things as well, and perhaps switch from kosher or regular salt.
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