Wellness Pathway #213 Cut the Salt

The response to last week’s Wellness Pathway, Go Liquid, has been impressive, with many people asking for tips and pointers on a liquid diet. My approach includes two robust shakes, a fruit-based shake in the morning and a vegetable-based shake in the evening. Both shakes include carbohydrates, protein, and fat (the morning from flax meal and the evening from almond meal) to maintain healthy nutrition. Throughout the day, I drink some juice, lots of filtered water, as well as organic, decaffeinated green tea. I also take my normal regimen of supplements.

If you want to Go Liquid, and if you want to follow my regimen, I have posted the recipes for those shakes on our Web site at the bottom of last week’s Wellness Pathway.

One benefit of going liquid, which I mentioned last week, is that it typically leads to a reduction in sodium intake. A new report from the National Academy of Sciences confirms the importance of limiting our sodium intake — the principal ingredient in salt — and increasing our potassium intake. “The lower the better for sodium; the higher the better for potassium,” is how the chairman of the panel that drafted the report summarized their conclusions.

The existing FDA guideline for daily sodium intake from all sources is 2,400 mg (or about one teaspoon of salt). The recommended new guideline lowers that to 1,500 mg (or about two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt). Unfortunately, salt is added to virtually all processed foods making these limits hard to achieve. But the health benefits are worth the effort. Sodium has been identified as the prime culprit in why blood pressure tends to rise with age, especially in at-risk individuals. As sodium goes down, so does blood pressure.

The best way to lower your intake of sodium is to avoid processed foods and to eat fresh foods with no added salt. When you do buy processed foods or eat at a restaurant, read labels and opt for no-sodium or low-sodium choices. Learn to appreciate other spices and flavors to compensate for the reduced sodium. A long and healthy life may just be your reward.

Coaching Inquiries: Do you know how much sodium you consume per day? When was the last time you kept track of your sodium input? Is your blood pressure higher than recommended (120/80)? How could you lower your sodium intake on a daily basis?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
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