You’ve heard for years to cut back on salt. Nearly half of American adults eat sandwiches on any given day. These meals account approximately for one-fifth of our sodium intake, according to a recent study. But just what does watching your sodium do for your health? For one, your kidneys can suffer from too much salt. . Your kidneys play a key role in filtering sodium out of your blood. When they don’t work as well, more salt stays in your body, which can raise your blood pressure. Now you’re in a catch-22. Extra salt can also work against your body to add up to heart disease and strokes.
Build A Smarter SandwichMost Americans have far more than the 2,300 daily mg of sodium recommended for healthy adults (those with high blood pressure or heart problems should stick to 1,500 mg). Cut back on salt and your blood pressure can drop in a matter of weeks.
To reduce your sandwich’s damage:
More Ways To Shake Your Salt ShakerOther healthier lunch tips include:
How do you keep salt from snowballing in your diet? Let us know in the comments!
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