==== ====Control Portions and Boost your WorkoutBoost Your Workout==== ====Hi everybodyAre you like me, confused from the amount of information we have been given recently about theamount of salt in our food and how it can affect our health. We are told having too much saltcauses health problems but then again too little can also be detrimental to our healthSalt consists of about 40 per cent sodium and is a mineral, in virtually all-basic foods - from fruitsand vegetables to common tap water, sodium is present in small amounts.For maintaining good health we all do need some sodium in our diet, but too much, and especiallycontinuous high amounts causes high blood pressure, this greatly increases the risk of developingheart disease and strokes.I believe more and more of us are aware of these health risks due to recent media coverage, butlesser known is that it is also linked to stomach cancer and brittle bones. Water retention is also aside effect.The latest information we have been given is that consuming too much salt in out diet can give youulcers, according to new research carried out. Ulcers affect one in eight peoples health in Britain,and salt has been found to help nurture the bacteria behind most stomach ulcers, leading tosymptoms ranging from mild burning sensations to actually vomiting blood.Many of these cases are caused by the Heliobacter pylori bacterium, which tricks the stomach intothe over production of acid, hence causing ulcers and ill health. Researchers at the AmericanHealth Sciences University, found that high levels of salt are causing genetic changes in this bugmaking it all the more powerful, and warned that we should all learn about the health risksassociated with too much salt.The food Standards Agency recommends that adults should eat no more than 6g of salt, which isequivalent to around 2.5g of sodium. For children, obviously it varies with age as shown in thetable belowsalt sodiumup to 6 months old - less than -- 1g -- 0.4 mg6 - 12 months -- 1g -- 0.4mg1-3 year olds -- 2g -- 800mg
4-6 year olds -- 3g -- 1.2g7-10 year olds -- 5g -- 2gChildren over 11 years -- 6g -- 2.4gAn easy way to calculate salt from sodium, is to multiply the amount of sodium by 2.5, this can bevery helpful when calculating the amount of salt on some food products where labelling isconfusing.Naturally, parents should not add salt to childrens food and definitely not to babies as theirkidneys are unable to process high levels of it, and in fact it has been known that too much of ithas been fatal in children under the age of one.We are becoming aware that for good health we should know exactly what salt we are consumingin our diet, but it is difficult today to know just how much as more and more people today eat readymeals and processed foods, and these products do not always have clear and precise quantitiesshown.Food manufacturers are adding sodium to many types of food that we would never have dreamtcontained it, or of the quantity, because apparently our palette taste buds have changed over theyears saying that consumers expect this taste now. Our taste buds are generally a good guide tohow salty our food is, but manufacturers also frequently use sugars in these foods that disguisethe saltiness and fools our taste buds!Experts now say that generally only 6 per cent of salt is actually added to food at the table, 9 percent added while cooking and a whopping 75 per cent of all what we consume comes fromprocessed foods and this includes bread, puddings and breakfast cereals.Health professionals have been campaigning for clear labelling of the quantity used in themanufacturing of foods and for greater awareness of the health concerns with eating too muchsalt, and I hope after reading this article you will be more familiar with the health concernsattributed to high salt consumption.So now we all need to get used to scrutinising product labels, and remember not to confuse saltwith sodium when doing this. A high salt product is one with 1.5g (0.6g sodium) or higher contentper 100g of product, so anything with a lower level is a much healthier choice, and obviously thelower the content all the better for your good health.If you are a fan of the salt cellar and regularly add it to your food, the best way to cut down on thisis to give your taste buds an alternative healthier flavour enhancer. There are many you can try,garlic is one, black pepper freshly ground is excellent, try using lemon juice or fresh herbs andspices to add great taste. Chilli is also another good one to try but is an acquired taste.Another way to wean yourself of too much is to gradually reduce the amount you are adding toyour food, allowing your taste buds to adjust.
Hyponatremia is a condition when someone has a lack of sodium, and when this is left untreatedcan cause dizziness, confusion and unexplained tiredness.Hyponatremia is more likely to affect the elderly, especially if they are using diuretics. Diureticdrugs are used to treat problems such as high blood pressure and heart conditions, reducing thelevel of excess fluid in the body that can affect the essential body salt (or electrolytes) levels thatare needed to maintain good health and vital functions.Only this year a marathon runner died not long after finishing his race, and the diagnosis was dueto drinking so much water, that by urinating and sweating profusely he had lost too many bodysalts.So obviously there is a worry that some over zealous health conscientious people might cut downtoo low on salt intake and cause problems for themselves. Eating a healthy balanced diet isalways best for good health.So like myself now, do not forget to make it a habit to read your food product labels includingbread whether you purchase it from a bakery or supermarket as it is always included in theingredients, to make sure you are only eating the healthy required amount. I know this can beconfusing and tedious but it is for our advantage.Sandra and Ted WoskoThis article was composed by Sandra & Ted Wosko. We have always been interested in healthissues especially having children, and as with most people, we all suffer with some type of ailment.We are always researching on more and more topics in the endless task of gaining moreknowledge to increase our expertise, benefiting ourselves and other people alike.http://www.goodfoodgoodhealth.comhttp://www.goodfoodgoodhealthforyou.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sandra_Wosko==== ====Control Portions and Boost your Workout