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Benefits of North African cuisine

Benefits of North African cuisine

Comparable to the Mediterranean diet, North African cuisine is as nutritious as it is highly varied: vegetables, pulses, olive oil, couscous, potatoes, fish and meat. Lemon, herbs and spices are used not only to delicately perfume dishes and give that distinctive taste, but also help to fight against tissue inflammation!

North African cuisine
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Most people like North African cuisine.  Delicious and easy to prepare, this sun-gorged food happily brings friends and family together around small starters to share and main dishes such as the famous Couscous.  It’s a cuisine to definitely give a try, all the more so as it possesses real health benefits as long as you don’t overdo the oil and avoid fried dishes such as Fatma fingers and brick pastry, lamb and sweet desserts. So go ahead and treat yourself!

Couscous, the star of North African cuisine!

If you don’t know anything else about North African cuisine, you’re bound to have heard of, if not tasted, couscous. A delicious typical dish which can be made a hundred different ways… It’s a meal in itself, containing all food types (wheat semolina, vegetables, pulses, meat and/or fish).

While the basic ingredient in couscous is wheat semolina (also used in many sweet treats), vegetables are also important, with a particularly special role for courgettes, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery and turnips. Whether served as a salad, in slow-cooked dishes, or in the sauce served with couscous, vegetables are found in abundance in North African cuisine.

Not forgetting those essential pulses: beans, lentils and chickpeas, also found in many a North African speciality. You’ll also find olive oil everywhere! All the better for our arteries!

Benefits of spices and seasonings

Many spices and herbs are used to enhance the taste of a dish without adding extra calories but providing maximum taste, vitamins and minerals. So don’t hesitate to add coriander, flat parsley, cumin or turmeric (with its anti-inflammatory properties) to your culinary exploits.

Lemon, rich in Vitamin C, has detoxifying, draining and energising properties. However, high blood pressure sufferers should be aware that lemon confit is very salty.

Garlic and onion are known for their anti-cancer properties. Garlic also helps to thin the blood.

And don’t forget raisins which like most dried fruits (prunes, dates, etc.) are a source of fast sugars, potassium and magnesium, useful for sports players. Some couscous recipes include dried fruits.

Also keep olives in mind which you can add to practically all dishes. Chosen both for their unique (but not overly salty) taste and the oleic acid they contain (protects arteries).

Tunisian cuisine, spicy and rich in Omega 3

Substantiated by an age-old tradition of gastronomy, Tunisian cuisine is very elaborate, with various specialities varying depending on the region and ethnic group (Berber, Andalusian, Jewish or Arabic cuisine). In Tunisia, couscous includes fish, sardines and mackerel in particular, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, selenium and Vitamin D.

You cannot talk about Tunisian cuisine without mentioning Harissa!  This spicy chilli sauce hots up any vegetable broth or in fact any other dish (for example, the classic Harissa kebab). But Harissa doesn’t just spice up dishes; its piquant also has anti-inflammatory properties. Tunisians use this chilli daily in all its forms.

When it comes to starters, we love Mechouia salad – grilled peppers served with tomatoes and a few cloves of garlic, grilled on a wood fire and then seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. The whole is adorned with tuna, boiled eggs and olives. Eggs are also used a lot in this cuisine, often found in brick pastry preparations.

As for a plat de resistance, dare to try couscous with sea bass! Or why not offer your guests a “winter vegetable” version with beans, carrots, potatoes, courgettes, pumpkin, turnips and onions. Such dishes bring together a healthy balanced diet and good food!

Spicy Moroccan cuisine…

Moroccan cuisine is very varied – from couscous, tagine, pastilla, mechoui to other specialities such as tangia or harira. But Moroccan cuisine is known for its originality and wealth, nurtured by the variety of Arabic, Moor, Berber and Spanish influences… Spices are everywhere and mint is often used to add an extra little taste. Among the many specialities, you’ll find easy-to-prepare meatballs with onions (accompanied with a tomato sauce, light but rich in antioxidants) or a tagine prepared in such a way that meat remains tender, without extra fat!

Sweet-salty combinations are an important component of Moroccan cuisine. Nuts such as pistachios and almonds can be found both in sweet and savoury dishes. All the better, as they provide minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, and have antioxidant properties.

And mint tea to drink!

Easily digested and rich in antioxidant polyphenols (catechins), mint tea is made using green tea, known for its draining properties. Together with mint, it helps to improve digestion. Drink with as little sugar as possible. From time to time, why not accompany your tea break with a little sweet treat, without it becoming routine – these cakes and sweets charge up the calorie counter no end! (29g of sugar and 39g of fats for every 100g)…

Desserts

To add extra flavour to your desserts and give them that undeniable North African taste, there’s nothing better than orange blossom essence… Added to warm milk, it helps to promote sleep and is also used in creams and Turkish coffee. It enhances any fruit salad and can also be drunk as a herbal infusion.

When the season is right, the star dessert in the Maghreb region is watermelon! Fresh, juicy, low in sugar, delicious and abundant… watermelon can be eaten at any time of the day and helps to end a copious meal on a light, sweet note. Melon is also enjoyed in this region, as are figs and prickly pears.

http://nutrition.doctissimo.com/healthy-eating/healthy-dietary-choices/benefits-of-north-african-cuisine.html

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SWEET POISON!

SWEET POISON!
A MUST READ!

In October of 2001, my sister (originial author’s) started getting very sick.
She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around.
Walking was a major chore.
It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain.

By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications.
The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her.
She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying.

She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc., in her oldest daughter’s name, and made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of.

She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd.

On March 19 I called her to ask how her most recent tests went, and she said they didn’t find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS.
I recalled an article a friend of mine e-mailed to me and I asked my sister if she drank diet soda?
She told me that she did..
As a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack one open that moment..

I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet soda!
I e-mailed her article my friend, a lawyer, had sent.
My sister called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation and told me she had stopped drinking the diet soda AND she could walk!
The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn’t feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better.

She told me she was going to her doctor with this article and would call me when she got home.

Well, she called me, and said her doctor was amazed!
He is going to call all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind.
In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda…and literally dying a slow and miserable death.

When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning!
She is well on her way to a complete recovery.
And she is walking!
No wheelchair!

This article saved her life.
If it says ‘SUGAR FREE’ on the label;
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on ‘ASPARTAME,’ marketed as
‘Nutra Sweet,’ ‘Equal,’ and ‘Spoonful.’

In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.
It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant.
I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous:
When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis.. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.
The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.

Many people were being diagnosed in error.
Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is!

Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers..

The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit.
He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition.
We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas.

In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We’ve seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.

This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia.
During a lecture, I said,
‘If you are using ASPARTAME ( Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc ) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs,
Cramps,
Vertigo,
Dizziness,
Headaches,
Tinnitus,
Joint pain,
Unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!’
People were jumping up during the lecture saying,
‘I have some of these symptoms..
Is it reversible?’

Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels!
Many products are fortified with it!
This is a serious problem.
Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence!

Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates.

It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!

These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs.
Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve ’tissue specimens.’

Many products we use every day contain this chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body!

Dr. H. J. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the ‘ diet products ‘ and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.

Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics.
We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame.
The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control.
Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance.

Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE.
Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage,
Seizures,
Depression, h
Manic depression,
Panic attacks,
Uncontrollable anger and rage.

Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet.

So called ‘behavior modification prescription drugs’ (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed.
Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place!

Most of these children were being ‘poisoned’ on a daily basis with the very foods that were ‘better for them than sugar.’

It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome.

Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners.

There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.’

Herein lies the problem:
There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done.
The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets.

Sadly, MONSANTO’S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED!
There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands more introduced.
Everybody wants a ‘piece of the Aspartame pie.’

I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is.

And isn’t it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians?

This has been recently exposed in the New York Times.
These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products.

Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women, children and infants.

The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry, neurological changes and behavioral symptoms.

The bill was killed.

It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you’re informed now!

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!

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15 Unknown Uses for Epsom Salt

15 Unknown Uses for Epsom Salt
by valli on Jan 27, 2008

Eliminates Toxins from the Body
Add two cups of Epsom salt to the water in a bath tub. Soak for 10 minutes at least weekly once. It relaxes your body and muscles, eliminates toxins from the body and reduces the swellings of sprains.

Exfoliates Skin
Sprinkle small amount of essential oil to Epsom salt and clean your skin. Or you can rub the Epsom salt directly on the skin to make it smooth and silky. Then rinse thoroughly.

Athlete’s Foot
Soaking in Epsom salt helps you relieve from athlete’s foot.

Cleans Bathroom Tiles
Take the mixture of equal parts of Epsom salt and liquid dish detergent and apply on the dirty places in bathroom.
.As a First Aid
Mix a thick paste of Epsom salt with hot water and apply to get soothing comfort.

Hair Conditioner
Warm the mixture of equal amounts of conditioner and Epsom salt for 15 seconds. Apply this mixture through your hair from scalp to end; leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water; you can observe the natural glow in your hair.

Removes Foot Odor

•Mix half-cup of Epsom salt in warm water and keep your feet for 10 minutes. This soothes achy feet, removes bad odor and softens the rough skin.

•Keeps your Lawn Pleasant
Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to a gallon of water and sprinkle this water on your lawn to keep the grass green.

As a Fertilizer for your Houseplants
Sprinkle Epsom salt weekly once to nourish your houseplants, flowers and vegetables.

Relieves from Constipation
Dissolve 2 to 3 teaspoons of Epsom salt into a cup of water and drink twice to get relief from constipation.

Dislodge Blackheads
Take half a cup of boiling water. Add a teaspoon of Epsom salt and 3 drops iodine. Apply this mixture to the black heads with a cotton ball three times.

Prevents Slugs
Sprinkle some Epsom salt on the place where the slugs crawl to prevent their entry.

As a Hand Wash
Mix Epsom salt with baby oil and keep by the sink to clean your hands effectively.

Regenerates Car Battery
Dissolve an ounce of Epsom salt in warm water; add this mixture to each battery cell to give more life to your car battery.

Treats Toenail Fungus
Soak your affected toes in hot water mixed with a palm full of Epsom salt three times a day.

http://gomestic.com/homemaking/15-unknown-uses-for-epsom-salt/#ixzz1EG9w0Jqm

Epsom Salt – it is magnesium poisoning.

Epsom Salt
Having taught acupressure to massage therapists for years I have a lot of friends who do massage. From time to time one will call me when they’ve cut their finger (or foot) and it’s becoming infected. I tell them to take a cup of hot Epsom salt solution and soak their finger (or whatever) in it for ten minutes every few hours. By an hour or two after the second soaking redness and swelling are usually much better. Epsom Salt soaks help cuts heal quickly and cleanly.

Epsom salt, magnesium sulphate, is cheap, available everywhere and amazing. It’s one of the most versatile medicines I’ve ever found. Whenever I get emergency calls from someone with a cold, flu or superficial infection I send them to the drug store for a half gallon-sized cardboard carton of epsom salt.

But not for internal consumption. Epsom Salt is best used as a soak. People use it as a purgative when they’re constipated, but vitamin C works just as well and isn’t so dangerous. Don’t drink epsom salt.

The issue is magnesium poisoning, which can be unpredictable and occasionally fatal: one person’s safe dose is another’s trip to the hospital. Early signs can be swelling, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, low back pain … but the effects can damage several body organs so not all cases of magnesium poisoning look the same. That said … many folks use it as a purgative. If you insist … follow the directions on the box. I have …

In naturopathic terms, Epsom Salt “draws.” It acts to “pull” inflammation from the body. Infections tend to draw toward the surface and consolidate, redness, swelling and pain lessen markedly, typically within hours. If there’s no noticeably positive response to the first soaking, it may not be wise to continue (see Cautions, below.)

Many of Epsom Salt’s effects could be due to the higher specific gravity of a dense salt solution and the extra kinetic energy such a solution carries when it delivers heat to an area. Magnesium is an anti-inflammatory mineral; many moderns are deficient in magnesium (mineral deficiencies from depleted soils are epidemic in some parts of the industrialized world.)

There’s three ways I use Epsom Salt.

It’s a nice wind-down at the end of a difficult day.

Magnesium relaxes muscle and nerve tissue. A good warm tub with a couple of cups of Epsom Salt and perhaps a few well-chosen oils can do wonders as a gear-shifter after a long, hard day.

As a soak for infected tissue on a hand or foot:

Heat water in a tea kettle and pour it into a cup or basin big enough to immerse the infected body part. Soak the extremity in the water (taking care not to scald yourself) and, as you get accustomed to the heat, add small portions of hot water from the tea kettle to keep the soak as hot as you can comfortably take it.

You only need to do this for 6-10 minutes each time. Frequency of application is much more important than duration; soaking over 10 minutes doesn’t seem to accomplish anything extra. But soaking several times a day will almost always dramatically increase the treatment’s effectiveness – I’ve only encountered one infection in ten years that didn’t respond to it.1

As an aid to cure the common cold.

In a sense, the congestion of the flu can be seen as the body working overtime to take out the trash. The body clears itself of the debris of immune responses by flushing them out. Sweating is perhaps the most powerful yet dignified way of helping the body take out the garbage.

Just about anybody under 45 without a heart condition2 can get over any cold, flu or detox reaction in less than 24 hours if they repeat the following drill 3-4 times. Lay several large bath or beach towels in your bed where you sleep, and fold back the bedcover. Now fill a decent-sized bath with water just about as hot as you can take it, and pour in about 2-3 cups of Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate). Stir and dissolve the salt (do not drink!) Now immerse yourself in the bath. Get as much of your body underwater as possible, and if you have a head cold get as much of your head underwater as possible. Add more hot water as you become used to the temperature, and stir.

After five, six minutes or more (rarely more than eight) any part of your body still exposed to air will begin to sweat vigorously. Shortly afterwards your body will start giving you clear signals that it wants to get out of the water. Count to thirty (monitor your pulse and get out faster if it’s racing) and then get out of the water.

The next sixty seconds are critical to the success of this process. Do not allow yourself to become chilled. Towel off rapidly and get into bed, pulling first new towels and then the blankets over you. Sweat. Sweat for at least 20 minutes; 30 or 40 is better. Your body is flushing itself. Warmth speeds lymph flow toward the heart. Heat is generally not good for microbes fighting off an immune attack.

When you’re done, get up and rinse yourself off in the shower. You shouldn’t let yourself get chilled this time, either, but after you’re dry you can get dressed and go about your day. Drink some fluids. Drink some more. Repeat this cycle every 2-3 hours. It’s a rare flu that will survive three or four rounds of sweating, although it may take you a day or two afterwards to regain your normal strength.

IMPORTANT CAUTIONS:
There are staph and fungal infections that can worsen if soaked in hot water. These are fortunately rare. In most cases topical epsom salt soaks are very helpful for topical infections; so effective in fact that the first soaking should produce a noticeable decrease in pain and inflammation within an hour or two. If soaking worsens an infection, do not repeat and see a professional immediately.

Heating the body can damage a weakened heart and possibly provoke a medical crisis. If you are older than your late forties, if you have a heart condition or a history of heart problems in your family; and especially if you fall into any of these categories and haven’t had a physical lately, please get one and get clearance from your physician before attempting this method.
http://www.naturalstresscare.org/EpsomSalt.aspx

An Amazing Sore Throat Remedy

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An Amazing Sore Throat Remedy

This simple home remedy has worked 100% of the time for anyone that has tried it. Instead of suffering with a sore throat for a week or more, you can drive it away immediately, sometimes in less than a day. However, this remedy is not medical advice; it is a shared experience that really works! This site is not for profit; it’s aim is simply to help people cure their sore throats.

The most common sore throat remedies for sore throat are usually over-the-counter sprays, lozenges and pastilles that are ineffective and smelly. The most common doctor-prescribed remedies are antibiotics, which take time to obtain, cost money and can have many negative side effects.

Most often, people waste time waiting while trying to figure out whether or not they really have a sore throat. By the time they realize they do have a sore throat, it’s usually to the point that they are already suffering from serious sore throat pain , can barely speak, swallow or even eat.

This remedy is salt, and not just about gargling saltwater, it is actually about using common table salt as it is.
What you have to do is: tilt your head backwards and shake a little bit of salt straight into the back of your throat. Make sure you shake it straight into your throat, onto the base of your tongue and not over the middle
or the tip your tongue (this way you will not suffer from any unpleasant taste). After that, do not swallow your saliva, just let the salt dissolve right there on the back of your throat, letting the salt stay there for as long as you possibly can. If you’re using a salt shaker, shake 2 to 6 times depending how bad your sore throat is. If you’re using a fast food style paper saltshaker, you should shake about 1/4 of the packet directly into your throat.

Also highly suggested, is to shake an even larger amount of salt into your throat right before you go to sleep for the night. During your sleep, without food or drink, bacteria thrive without any interruption to incubation and growth. Therefore, using salt while you are asleep can be extremely effective. Keep a salt shaker near your bed. If you wake up in the middle of the night feeling sore, you can shake some more salt into your throat.

Salt is a very old remedy that kills bacteria. In the old days they traditionally used salt to
preserve meat and fish. Why? Because salt attracts water and attacks the bacteria cell walls, causing the bacteria to dehydrate and self-destruct in the process.

If your sore throat is really severe you can use salt as often as every 30 minutes. Use it as soon as you feel the first symptoms of a sore throat and the earlier you use it, the faster you’ll get rid of that sore throat.

Salt is available nearly everywhere. You can stop in to any fast food place on any street and grab some. Don’t wait around trying to figure out whether or not your sore throat is serious. Instead you can use this quick sore throat cure . As soon as you feel the first signs of a sore throat, use
the salt immediately. Gargling salt water is not nearly as effective since the concentration of salt is not high enough to take care of the problem. Also, gargling water requires a cup of water and the time to dissolve the salt in it, yet more inconvenience that makes you wait for relief.

Not all sore throats are the result of a bacteria infection. Sometimes the cause is a virus, commonly known as influenza virus. Many times your sore throat starts as a viral infection which develops into a bacterial infection. Salt is intended to fight only the bacteria, not the virus. Therefore salt might not be totally effective if you are suffering from a viral throat infection . Nevertheless, you really have nothing to lose by using salt. According to experience, salt can be extremely effective in most all cases, depending on the cause of your sore throat.

A sore throat is also often the first stage of a common cold, also known as the Flu. First to arrive is the sore throat, followed by nasal congestion and coughing. If you can take care of it fast, you won’t wear down your immune system fighting the sore throat and your immune system has more energy to fight the other cold symptoms. Therefore, using salt could also shorten the total duration of suffering from the common cold.

How much sodium do you really need?

How much sodium do you really need?

The Institute of Medicine recommends the following adequate intakes for adults per day:

1,500 mg for people aged 9 to 50,

1,300 mg for adults aged 51 to 70,

and 1,200 mg for seniors over 70 years of age.

The good and bad of sodium

Despite the negative press on salt, the reality is that the human body needs some sodium to function properly. What exactly does it do for you? For starters, sodium helps maintain the balance of fluids in our bodies, it helps transmit nerve impulses and it also influences muscle contractions.

By and large, the kidney functions to control sodium. If sodium levels are low, the kidneys retain sodium.

If sodium levels are high, the kidneys excrete excess sodium in the urine. But if, for some reason, the kidneys aren’t working properly, or if we ingest too much salt, sodium begins to accumulate in the blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, blood volume increases and, with it, so does blood pressure.

It is this increase in blood pressure that makes sodium so dangerous, being a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the first and third leading killers in the U.S. With that in mind, isn’t it about time you thought about a low-sodium diet?

You can cut it out

Because sodium is found in most foods, avoiding sodium through careful food selection isn’t easy. The easiest way is to simply stop adding extra salt to your food. Just one tablespoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. Your next best bet is to remove salt from pre-salted foods. That means scraping the salt off of pretzels or crackers.

Aside from that, it’s up to you to read the labels and pick your foods wisely. Just remember to try to stay within the sodium intake ranges listed above. Help yourself by avoiding processed or prepackaged foods, especially canned soups or lunch meats. Instead, make your own soup or eat fresh.

Lastly, you can try spicing your food using a salt alternative like magnesium chloride or potassium chloride. These will provide a similar — but not identical — flavor.

http://www.askmen.com/sports/foodcourt_300/393b_low-sodium-diet-and-men.html