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Ways to Reduce Your Intake of Salt

Salt is energy, and it is essential that you have salt in your body in order to be strong and healthy. However, salt in large quantities is very unhealthy and can lead to many health problems. According to studies the vast majority on the Standard American Diet consume too much on a daily basis. Therefore you should monitor your salt intake and find ways to reduce it if necessary.

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Salt Intake

Read the Labels

Food labels will tell you how much salt is contained in the food. Therefore you should take the time to read the labels and compare different brands of the same product. Chances are there will be a brand or a product that contains less salt than the one that you picked up first.

Reduce Condiments and Dressings

Condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, relishes and salad dressings are high in salt. Therefore try to reduce the amount that you add to your foods, or avoid them altogether.

Avoid Cold Cuts and Sausages

Cold cut meats and sausages are laden with high amounts of salts in order to preserve them. Thus you should make every effort to reduce and eliminate them from your diet.

Avoid Instant Soups

Instant soups are extremely high in salt. But if you enjoy them, add more hot water than what the instructions say, and then pour some of that water off to help get rid of some of the saltiness. This way you can still enjoy the soups, but you won’t be consuming that much salt.

Eat Nuts and Seeds Without Salt

Nuts and seeds are extremely good with salt. However, eating them with salt can quickly cause you to eat more salt than what is needed. Therefore you should avoid them, or buy them raw and salt them at home so that you can at least control the amount of salt that goes on them.

Eat Raw Foods

Raw foods such as vegetables and fresh fruits, herbs and nuts and seeds can provide you with all the salt that you need when you make those foods your primary source. And naturally, the more raw foods that you eat, the less processed foods you will consume.

There are many other ways that you can reduce your salt intake, but those are just a few to get you started. Once you become conscious of your salt intake, then you will find your own ways to reduce the intake.

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