Should I stop salting food?
Is salt really as bad for you as people make it out to be? I add salt to my meals, should I stop this? Thanks, Steve
Hi Steve. A small amount of sodium is important for the body as it plays an important role in balancing the fluids and electrolytes in our bodies. This is of particular importance with movement as we lose sodium through sweat. However, too much salt in the diet is associated with an increased risk of raised blood pressure (hypertension) for some people, which subsequently increases the risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
However, discretionary salt consumption, or salt you add yourself into meals actually only accounts for around 10-15 per cent of an individual’s sodium intake. About 10 per cent of our sodium intake occurs naturally in food. If you really want to decrease your salt consumption the most effective way to do this is by reducing your consumption of processed foods. Packet chips, noodles, sauces and takeaways tend to be laden with salt. Not to mention the additives and preservatives you’ll also avoid!
I’ve been doing a lot of gym training lately and I found that when I get home I’m incredibly hungry and more likely to make bad food choices. Any tips for howto prevent this? Thank you – Sharon
Hi Sharon. One of the first things I would look at is, whether you’re drinking enough water. Secondly, if you are sweating a lot you want to make sure your electrolyte balance is maintained so perhaps consider incorporating coconut water into your day – before you workout or preferably afterwards.
Then you want to look at what you eat before you workout. A snack containing healthy fats and protein will help slow down the energy release, meaning you’re less likely to arrive home starving. However, if you know this is the case I would also encourage you to be prepared – have some hummus with vegetables sticks, nuts, a bliss ball or a smoothie when you arrive home or, if possible, have prepared dinner in advance (use a slow cooker or make something on the weekend to have).
Salt you add yourself into meals actually only accounts for around 10-15 per cent of an individual’s sodium intake.