5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight and Improve Your Health
Sure-thing resolutions: Simple changes that can make a big difference.
Easy Resolution No. 5: Cut Down on Sodium
Sodium is a problem for lots of Americans, especially those with high blood
pressure. And the key to cutting back, says Collins, is to eat fewer processed
"People need to realize this is largely meaning a change in processed
food use," says Collins. "Just using the salt shaker less won't touch
the source of excess sodium for most Americans."
Eating fewer processed foods could also make room in your diet for more
fruits and vegetables, which increase potassium -- a mineral that has been
linked to lowering blood pressure.
According to Collins, people with salt-sensitive high blood pressure who cut
down on sodium may see a drop in blood pressure within two weeks. Some people
with hypertension are not salt-sensitive, however, so they may not see results
so quickly (though cutting sodium will benefit them in the long run).
Some quick tips to help you cut sodium include:
- Read the labels on processed and package foods.
- Switch to sodium-free herb blends for seasoning food in cooking and at the
- When you have a choice at the supermarket, buy lower-sodium choices in
soups, crackers, salad dressings, canned tomatoes, and other products.