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You’ve been told you need to lighten up on the saltshaker and watch your sodium. But you may wonder: Aren’t salt & sodium the same thing? The words “table salt” and “sodium” are often used synonymously. But they do not mean the same thing. Table salt also known as sodium chloride, is about 40% sodium and 60% chloride, a crystal-like compound that is abundant in nature. Sodium is a mineral and is a component of salt found naturally in almost all foods. It is important to pay attention to both salt and sodium when it comes to health and nutrition. One teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 milligrams of sodium
Salt is used for foodflavouringand as a binder and stabilizer. It is also a food preservative, as bacteria can’t thrive in the presence of a high amount of salt. The human body requires a small amount of sodium to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals. It is estimated that we need about 500 mg of sodium daily for these vital functions. But too much sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. When your blood has too much sodium, your body shifts more fluid into the bloodstream to dilute it. This increases blood volume and, in turn, increases blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
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In our last article, we spoke about Low Sodium Salt That's Best For Heart Patients. Today, we will talk about hypertension, various benefits of low-sodium healthy salt to reduce hypertension, and what makes Nepbio’s (NBI) Heart SALT the best low sodium salt for patients with high blood pressure in Australia. Heart Salt has 56% less sodium and is supplemented with potassium to keep your heart healthy without compromising taste.
Blood pressure is the measure of the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into blood vessels, which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood out to the body and contributes to hardening of the arteries, or atherosclerosis, to stroke, kidney disease, and to heart failure.
Excessive salt and its negative impact on the heart
The close relationship between hypertension and dietary sodium intake is widely recognized and supported by several studies’ Excessive sodium consumption (defined by the World Health Organization as >5 g sodium per day ) has been shown to produce a significant increase in BP and has been linked with onset of hypertension and its cardiovascular complications
Excess sodium in the bloodstream means water is pulled into the blood vessels. This is turn increases the total amount (volume) of blood inside them. When more blood flowing through the blood vessels, blood pressure increases. Imagine when we turn up the water supply to a garden hose. The pressure in the hose increases as more water is blasted through it. High blood pressure over time may overstretch or damage the blood vessel walls. This, then speed the build-up of gunky plaque that can block blood flow. So, the heart has to work harder to pump blood through the body leading toadverse health outcomes, including hypertension and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Cause of hypertension
High blood pressure usually develops over time. Several things may play a role including unhealthy eating and lifestyle choices, such as insufficient physical activity, indulging in unhealthyfood, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, and high salt consumption. But certain health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, can also increase the risk of high blood pressure. High blood pressure can also happen during pregnancy.
Symptoms of hypertension
Signs of high blood pressure are not always obvious. It is known as the “silent killer”. It’s one of the main risk factors for heart disease and the No. 1 killer globally. Some people may experience headaches, shortness of breath, or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms are not specific or usually do not occur until high blood pressure has reached a severe or life-threatening stage.
Measuring blood pressure at regular intervals is the only way to know whether a person has high blood pressure or not.
Benefits of a low-sodium salt
While salt is high in sodium, it’s probably not the primary source in your diet. Packaged foods, fast food and ready-to-go meals accounts for more than 75 percent of sodium intake. Keep the lid on the salt. Fill your diet with more freshly prepared foods that are naturally low in sodium such as fruits and vegetables. Eat whole grains and proteins without added salt. When you are at the supermarket, look at food that labelled as low sodium. Ask for your food to be made without salt when dining out. Better still – prepare your meals at home
Consuming less sodium can help lessen the rise in blood pressure that occurs with age. Salt intake of less than 5 grams per day for adults (even if you don’t have high blood pressure ) can play a vital role in reducing the risk of high blood pressure.. It can also reduce your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and even headaches
Reducing sodium can also help prevent fluid collection in the lower legs or abdomen. People with chronic kidney disease and heart failure must control sodium intake to avoid volume overload, which increases blood pressure and causes swelling.
In conclusion, Low Salt, Low Sodium equals proven health benefits.
About Heart SALT
Nepbio (NBI) has formulated Heart SALT, a healthier alternative for heart patients in Australia. It can be a valuable addition to a low sodium diet. Heart SALT contains 56% less sodium than regular salt, has no MSG making it suitable for hypertension sufferers, and has an excellent salt taste. Thus, it’s overall a great healthier alternative to regular table salt.
Heart salt is formulated in accordance with Food Standards Australia New Zealand. It is made up of sodium chloride, potassium chloride and NBI’s proprietary ingredient that enhances the overall taste, making it the best tasting salt that you can enjoy.
One of the best features of Heart SALT is that you can enjoy the same taste of salt but with significantly lower sodium content. Plus, Nepbio’s (NBI) Heart SALT is also available as a great-tasting chicken salt offering great flavor without the level of sodium found in other chicken salts.
You can also shop for Heart SALT online directly at www.nepbio.com. Try the salt yourself to believe its effectiveness.
About Nepbio (NBI)
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