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Cut the salt!

We strongly believe that having a healthy mind, body and soul is more important to your business than growth and success. Why? Because health is wealth! Let's talk high consumption of salt for a second here. I know, I know, flavorful food is something we all love! Trust me, bland food certainly leaves my taste buds in such a sad state (just kidding). We must be careful of our sodium consumption intake for health reasons.

Have you recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure? High sodium consumption raises blood pressure which can lead to heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers For Disease Control "Heart disease and stroke are the nation's first and fourth leading causes of death."

Harvard School of Public Health wrote on their blog "In most people, the kidneys have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in the bloodstream. As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute the sodium. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream. Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can stiffen blood vessels, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. It can also lead to heart failure. There is also some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure, and that it may be bad for bones, too."

Here's how you can reduce your salt intake without skipping out on flavor! Use Herbs Instead of All the Salt. Onegreenplanet suggests " For breakfast, use cinnamon, cardamom and ginger for a sweet and spicy flavor. For lunch, use Italian seasonings, sage, black pepper, and/or cayenne and turmeric. For dinner, try some garam masala, pepper, oregano, basil, and thyme. Mix these up however you like, but use them more often; they’re some of the best ingredients that provide antioxidants, mood-boosting benefits, and even anti-cancer benefits. They also reduce blood pressure levels, unlike excess salt that can lead to hypertension (chronically high blood pressure)."

Trying new ingredients is a fun way to spice up your meals while reducing your salt intake!

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