One in three Americans is affected by high blood pressure or Hypertension. Foods high in sodium are one of the largest contributing factors to high blood pressure.. Chronic high blood pressure, in turn, can lead to heart disease and other organ failures. Sodium is naturally found in many foods and is necessary to keep your electrolyte levels constant. Electrolytes allow your brain to communicate with the other systems in your body, both voluntary messaging and the involuntary respiration and digestion that keeps you moving. It's when we consume an overload of processed foods or add in extra sodium salts, that the scale gets tipped and the doctor gets concerned. The recommended intake per day is 1,500 milligrams, which is not even a full teaspoon. A low sodium diet is the start of reinventing your health.
Fresh, fresh, fresh! When you are eating fruit, you should eat the freshly picked version, not the packaged or canned version. Most of the time sodium and preservatives are added to canned foods to prolong shelf life. Apples, bananas, and oranges are not only yummy but contain about 1 milligram of sodium each. Peaches, pears, lemons, pineapple, watermelon, and berries have no natural sodium. In general fresh fruits don't contain a lot of sodium. You can consume frozen or dried fruits, but be sure to choose those that are free of added sugar.
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