Eating a sodium-free diet by choice may be difficult to imagine, especially when you don’t suffer from high blood pressure or food-restricting conditions like diabetes. However, it may be a smart move.
A recent article in the Huffington Post lists numerous negative health effects caused by high sodium consumption, which includes kidney disease, osteoporosis, asthma and even gastric cancer. All this is due in part to the average sodium intake in America today. About 3500mg of sodium is consumed by a single American in a day, compared to our early ancestral diet of natural foods where there was only 1000mg of sodium.
Living in a society where fast food and other unhealthy options are readily available, makes diet constriction a challenge for many. Unfortunately, a high sodium diet puts even the healthiest person at risk for health trouble beyond high blood pressure. So much so, that the American Heart Association has recently dropped their recommended maximum sodium intake from 2300 mg to 1500 mg.
Unhealthy eating trends among Americans have varied in the past decade from the Big Mac to Domino’s pizza, and only until recently, has affordable, organic food become more mainstream. Stores like Trader Joe’s can be found in more local neighborhoods and Whole Foods, although pricier, offers delicious meals made from organic, pure ingredients.
Eating less sodium doesn’t have to be a painful alteration to your lifestyle. Not to mention, the health benefits you will gain from eating a lower sodium diet will far outweigh how you looked and felt before!