Reduce Salt in Your Diet
Sodium Puts More than Your Heart at Risk
Consuming high levels of sodium can make otherwise healthy people more prone
to gastric cancer, according to studies. "High doses of sodium may damage
the lining of the stomach, making it more susceptible to the disease," says
Havas. Research has also uncovered a link between sodium intake and
osteoporosis. "Sodium reduces the amount of calcium your body retains,
decreasing bone density and putting you at a higher risk for fractures," he
adds. The bottom line: Although some sodium is okay, cutting back now could
mean total-body benefits for years to come.
Tasty Salt Substitutes
- Use garlic, parsley, dill, and basil to add flavor to your food without
salt's negative health effects.
- Add a pinch of sugar or a spritz of lemon juice to bring out the flavor in
- Roast vegetables such as red peppers, parsnips, and squash to caramelize
their natural sugars and bring out their flavor.
- Spice up a stir-fry with garlic, ginger, chili, rice vinegar, and/or lime
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