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ARTHRITIS AND SODIUM (Salt) – May is Arthritis Month

Sodium is a curse and a cure. But let’s talk about the cure first. Sodium ions is essential for the contraction of muscles, including the largest and most important muscle of all – the heart. The primary, fundamental operation of signals to and from the brain. Without sufficient sodium, your senses will dull and your nerves will not function. However, the curse of sodium, on the other hand, has an adverse effect on our bodies from high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, among other health issues, because it causes cells to attract water that aggravate osteoarthritis (OA) – joint swelling. A common symptom of OA. The consumption of too much salt can worsen the swelling. The biggest culprit is processed and/or packaged foods that, for the most part, have high levels of salt.

I just found out that May is ARTHRITIS MONTH. How appropriate the timing to share a bit of insight about foods with high salt diets that promote tissue inflammation and elevates autoimmune disease in mice, and people with hypertension and myocardial infarction, where high sodium intake has been associated with an increased inflammatory response – thus – organ damage and the impact it has on arthritis.

I will leave you to think about your diet, what you eat, explore, research, ask your doctor or healthcare professional a plan to guide you to the appropriate foods to eat or to avoid, especially for those who suffer with arthritis or other health issues that require a low to no salt diet. But here are a few things to keep in mind when food shopping to be aware of:

  • Processed foods: packaged, baked and/or prepackaged meals and snacks.
  • Sugar and certain sugar alternatives
  • Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Red meat and fried foods
  • Alcohol

Good eating helps to stay healthy. There is an alternative to salt – Ms V’s Spice is Nice One Step Seasoning. Visit: www.SodiumFreeSpices.com

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