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Reduce salt to reduce stroke risk?

September 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

New research has indicated that taking the simple step of reducing your daily salt intake can help significantly reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease.  Bluecrest Health Screening was interested to find a new study that demonstrated evidence to support that a reduction of only half a teaspoon per day can potentially yield massive health benefits.

Researchers have estimated that cutting out a paltry three grams per day, which is approximately half a teaspoon of salt, could help prevent up to 99,000 heart attacks and 66,000 strokes in the US each year.

Half a teaspoon may not seem like a lot of salt and many people could make this level of dietary adjustment relatively easily.  Just don’t put as much salt on your chips, right?  Well, it’s not that simple.  Most of our daily of intake of salt is “hidden” and already in the some of the foods we eat.  Most of this “hidden” salt is found in processed foods.  In fact up to 75% of our daily intake of salt comes from processed foods and restaurant meals.  Processed ready meals and packaged food is so packed with salt that many of us are consuming between 8 and 11 grams of salt per day – more than twice the recommended daily amount!

A Bluecrest Health Screening measures levels of sodium in your blood.  Sodium is important for blood pressure maintenance and fluid balance in your body.  Having either too much or too little can cause a variety of health problems – not just a stroke.  A great way to check your sodium levels is with a Bluecrest Health Screening; if your Bluecrest Health Screening report shows that your sodium levels are too high you can potentially be more motivated to take action!

So the advice is cut down on salt and the easiest way to do this is to reduce the amount of processed food you eat.

Proactive changes to your diet and a proactive stance on managing your health, such as regular health screens with Bluecrest Health Screening, are the best ways to safeguard your health and ensure that you are able to live a healthier and longer life.

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