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.

On average, Australian adults consume 3500 mg sodium per day, almost twice the recommended maximum level of intake. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) advises that Australian adults should aim to consume no more than one teaspoon (5 grams) of salt a day (or 2,000mg of sodium a day) in order to prevent chronic disease.

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In our last article, we spoke about Low Sodium Salt That's Best For Heart Patients. Today, we will talk more about sodium, how excessive sodium intake causes high blood pressure, how much sodium is needed by the human body per day, and what makes Nepbio’s (NBI) Heart SALT the best low sodium salt for patients with high blood pressure in Australia. This healthy salt has 56% less sodium and is supplemented with potassium to keep your heart healthy without compromising taste.

What is sodium?

Sodium is an essential micronutrient that’s essential for life. It’s regulated by your kidneys, and it helps control your body’s fluid balance. It also helps send nerve impulses and affects muscle function. However, high consumption of sodium is, associated to negative health effects such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and stroke. 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. Despite the negative health concerns and related health care costs of high sodium consumption, we, humans eat well above the recommended levels.

Excessive sodium and its negative impact on the heart

Science has proven that chronic, low-grade inflammation can turn into a silent killer that contributes to cardiovas­cular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

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. High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke are life-threatening illnesses that can happen if we don’t take care of our hearts. More specifically, the health risk factors associated with excess sodium can lead to a plethora of cardiovascular issues.

Consuming less sodium can help lessen the rise in blood pressure that occurs with age, even if you don’t have high blood pressure. It can also reduce your risk of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and even headaches.

How much sodium is needed per day?

The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Heart Association all recommend keeping sodium under 2,300 milligrams (mg) per day. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests aiming for about 1,500 mg per day.

The above-mentioned recommended amount for sodium is considered both safe and adequate, which means it’s enough to meet our bodies’ needs while preventing us from having a higher risk of specific health consequences linked to diets high in sodium chloride, such as higher blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.

Benefits of a low-sodium salt

One of the most critical questions is, where does sodium come from? The most straightforward answer to the problem is that sodium is found in every food. If we establish a healthy eating habit, we will be able to have all the sodium that our body demands.

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 account for more than 75 percent of sodium intake. Keep the lid on the salt. Load your eating menu with fresh fruits and vegetables. Whereas fruits and vegetables are natural, and these have low sodium. And, these contain a lot of potassium that must help reduce blood pressure.. Added salt (sodium chloride) contributes to your sodium intake. Sodium also sneaks in with other additives. Reading nutrition labels will make you more aware of how much sodium you consume per portion of a food. That's important, because different brands of the same types of foods may differ sharply in the amount of sodium they contain. Use the nutrition labels to compare and try the version with less sodium per serving. Also, buy whole, unprocessed foods and prepare them yourself at home. Avoid processed foods as much as possible. Be active in preparing food at home that gives you better access to keep your sodium consumption.

It’s hard not to acquire a taste for salt when it’s hidden in so many foods (especially the processed foods popular in Australia). So, when your doctor tells you to slash the salt in your diet, you may not know how to make food taste good without it. Salt substitutes typically swap sodium chloride for potassium chloride.

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 is 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)

Nepbio (NBI) is a global leader in scientific research and development of dietary supplements, medicines, and food products for a healthier lifestyle. We aim to keep chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes at bay simply by advocating healthy dietary habits using healthy food. We have a wide range of innovative health & wellness products:

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