If you are a fan of salty foods, you are likely to be getting more sodium than your body needs. Sodium is a substance found in table salt and it goes in the preparation of all types of smoked, cured, canned and processed foods. Consuming too much salt can worsen the situation with high blood pressure and since sodium plays an important role in the balance of fluids in the body, too much sodium can also lead to water retention and increased water weight.
If you already have a health situation that causes fluid build-ups around your organs, consuming too much sodium can turn the problem into a health crisis.
Even though there’s not a quick home remedy or treatment to rid the body of excess sodium, applying some changes to your daily life and following some health tips can reduce your sodium levels to normal.
Cutting back on dietary sodium and watching for all sources of sodium in food and beverages you consume can allow your body to naturally and gradually get rid of excess levels of sodium which will reduce swelling and improve blood circulation.
If your excess salt consumption made you gain about five bounds or more in one week or less you should seek medical help immediately especially if you have a health situation that already causes fluid retention like kidney diseases or heart failure. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, in such situations special treatments can be used to get rid of the excess sodium levels. Your medical team may require you to be checking your weight daily and will provide you with the needed tips to know when to seek medical help and when the situation can be considered dangerous.
Another way to reduce the sodium level in your body is by cutting back on table salt, according to the American Heart Association adults should not consume more than 2.300 milligrams of sodium a day which is what’s found in about one teaspoon of salt. But because sodium is found in many other types of food and mineral water that you consume, it is difficult to stick to the daily allowance hence it is better to not consume more than a pinch of salt per day.
Find other interesting ways to flavor foods instead like with fresh or died salt-free herbs and seasoning blends, dried chili powder, vinegar or lemon juice.
Things that you can do to reduce your sodium levels is:-
1- Drink plenty of water, water helps to flush out excess amounts of salt with the urine which will result in reducing sodium levels.
2- Eat foods rich in potassium which balances the damage sodium does on the walls of the arteries, foods high in potassium include banana, tomato, avocado, potato, squash, sweet potato and leafy greens.
3- Read the labels of the food products you purchase, especially canned and processed foods, your daily limit is 2.300 milligrams so divide that wisely on the number of meals and snacks you have throughout the day.
4- Exercising can help circulation which in turn improve high sodium related problems like hypertension, the sweating that happens while exercising helps to clean the body from excess levels of salt.