In partnership with Salt Watch, this season on the Hello Doctor TV show we brought you everything you need to know about salt: why too much is dangerous, how much your body actually needs, how much is too much, and how to substitute salt in recipes.
To help make it easier for you, here are our top Salt Watch blog posts from episode 1. Enjoy!
Salt, Getting to the Heart of the Matter: In very small amounts, pure salt is essential, and maintains the mineral balance in literally every cell in your body. It also works to regulate fluid balances and promote proper circulation, and assist with nerve impulse and muscle contraction. Too much salt, however, can be fatal and is closely linked to serious health conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
Warning! Salt Added: Preventative health is all about “prevention is better than cure” – so basically, avoiding getting sick or ill in the first place. Your health is one of the few things in life that you are in control of, and everything you eat and drink, or don’t eat and drink has a direct effect on your body and its ability to continue functioning in top form. When it comes to food, salt is one thing that many people eat too much of, often without even knowing it.
No Salt? But What Can I Use Instead? So, you’re reading food labels and you’ve cut down on your salt intake, excellent! But that’s no reason to settle for bland food. Remember to reduce the amount of salt you add to your meals gradually over time – your taste buds will start to adjust, and soon you won’t notice the difference. Remember, there are so many delicious (and much healthier) alternatives to salt, that your dishes can still be packed with flavour.
Smaller Portions Equals Less Salt: Reducing the amount of food you eat at each meal, even gradually, will help you to lose and maintain a healthy weight. There’s an additional pay-off too though; smaller portions means you also eat less salt
Manage Your Salt Intake During Pregnancy: During pregnancy, a certain amount of salt is necessary for the health and development of your growing baby and yourself, and while you should watch how much salt you have in your daily diet, we don’t recommended that you cut it out completely. If you limit your salt intake to 1 teaspoon (5g) a day, and no more, then that’s a safe amount, and it will help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and other hypertensive disorders, for example pre-eclampsia, during pregnancy.
Remember to check out the Salt Watch on the Hello Doctor blog for more! See you there!