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Salty Myths -- Busted!

By Sara Butler

When it comes to health and wellness, there are a lot of myths out there that just keep on going. While it's true that what we know about nutrition is always changing, it's worth the time to learn the latest information so you can make informed choices about the foods you eat. Here are a few salty myths that you need to know the truth behind!

Myth No. 1: You Need to Eliminate Salt for Your Health

The truth of the matter is that while it's a good idea to monitor how much salt you eat each day, your body still needs it to be healthy. Salt is essential nutrient that helps your body to do important things such as work your muscles properly and control blood pressure. The trick is that it just needs to be in the right amount -- only about 1,500 milligrams per day.

Myth No. 2: Sodium is Only Found in High Levels in Food

You actually don't need to eat anything to get a lot of salt all at once. Some over-the-counter medications have high levels of salt. That's why it's important to read the labels on anything you ingest and remember that low-sodium medications can be found if you're trying to control your intake.

Myth No. 3: Sea Salt is Better Than Table Salt

Sea salt is the exact same thing as salt, no matter how trendy it is. So, don't feel as if you can add more sea salt to something and get less sodium in your diet because that's simply not going to work. Sea salt and table salt should be regarded as the same thing.

Myth No. 4: If You Reduce Sodium, You Reduce Taste

You may have to get a little more creative at mealtime, but don't believe that foods that are low in sodium have to taste worse. You can experiment with a variety of herbs and spices, even citrus, to add flavor and enhance the taste of your meal. Play around and find some combinations you like -- you don't have to say goodbye to flavor in order to be healthy.

Myth No. 5: If You Don't Have High Blood Pressure, You Don't Need to Worry

Everyone should be concerned with the amount of sodium they eat in a day. As you age, your blood pressure goes up, so learning to cut back on sodium even at a young age can help you to avoid high blood pressure along with conditions such as kidney disease that are the result of too much sodium in the diet.

Salt is essential, so know the truth so you can make sure you don't get too much -- or too little!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lynnwood, Wash.

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