World Salt Awareness Week (March 11 – 17, 2013)

 

This week is World Salt Awareness Week. Sodium (salt) is essential to bodily functions – it’s an electrolyte.  However, according to widespread media reports, Americans tend to ingest too much sodium. If sodium intake is consistently high, it can lead to increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and related problems. Other serious conditions (e.g., risk of osteoporosis) have also been reported as attributable to high sodium intake [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-fuhrman-md/high-salt-diet-_b_821323.html]. Current dietary guidelines (sources: Centers for Disease Control, American Heart Association) recommend no more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily for adults under the age of 51, and no more than 1,500 mg of sodium daily for adults age 51 or over, for African-Americans, or for persons with  diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic kidney disease. [ A side note: Very active athletes with a high sweat loss or with a very high water intake should consult with appropriate sources about the possible need to take in higher amounts of sodium. One overview of this topic may be found here: http://www.active.com/nutrition/Articles/Salt_and_athletes__Shake_it_or_leave_it_.]

The take-away for most Americans is to check food labels for sodium content, be wary of adding table salt to foods, and be aware of the saltiness of foods when eating out: in short, watch your sodium. Consult your physician or a registered dietician for specific advice about sodium and your own diet.

CDC Salt Info: http://www.cdc.gov/salt/

World Action On Salt & Health (WASH): http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/awarenessweek/World%20Salt%20Awareness%20Week%202013/index.html

Read more about sodium, electrolytes, and much, much more in my eBook, “AGE RE-DEFINED”, available on Amazon.com and elsewhere:

http://www.roberthenryfitness.com/landing/age-re-defined-ebook/#more-419

American Heart Association: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Sodium-Salt-or-Sodium-Chloride_UCM_303290_Article.jsp

 

Images: World Action on Salt & Health Website