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Protect organs by decreasing sodium intake

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Protect organs by decreasing sodium intake

Protect organs by decreasing sodium intake

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Sodium is essential for health, but in excessive doses it has negative effects that can affect various organs. Let’s find out which ones.

Sodium intake in the daily diet should be limited to the quantities indicated by the WHO : 2 grams per day (contained in 5 grams of normal table salt) which should include both the added salt and that already present in food. Sodium is responsible for proper homeostasis and optimal fluid balance , but if consumed in excess it has negative health effects that can affect various organs .
Not just hypertension: which organs are at risk
According to the National Research Institute for Food and Nutrition (INRAN)

“Every day the Italian adult consumes on average about 10 g of salt (corresponding to about 4 g of sodium), a value almost ten times higher than the physiologically necessary one.”

Excess sodium can cause hypertension, but it is not the only problem associated with the abuse of this substance. In fact, sodium can negatively affect various organs, called target organs .
  • ARTERIES: A diet that is too high in sodium can increase arterial stiffness . Loss of elasticity in blood vessels makes oxygen transport to tissues less efficient, putting you at risk of developing heart disease, stroke and ischemia.
  • HEART: A study showed that dietary sodium affects the thickening of the left ventricular wall. Limiting sodium intake helps reduce left ventricular hypertrophy and prevent the onset of heart failure, arrhythmias and other serious heart problems.
  • KIDNEYS: Excessive sodium intake also appears to affect the kidneys , reducing their function and increasing the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.
  • BRAIN: if you constantly exceed with sodium, even a fundamental organ such as the brain is at risk : the cause is to be found in the sensitization of sympathetic neurons and the increase in the sympathetic response to a whole series of stimuli that can also damage others organs.
Protect organs by reducing dietary sodium
Reducing your sodium intake is an important step in improving your overall health. For this reason IDEALE has developed an entire range of products that allow you to season dishes by significantly reducing the sodium intake compared to the use of normal table salt.

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Sodium and hypertension: the mechanism that regulates health

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Sodium and hypertension: the mechanism that regulates health

Sodium and hypertension: the mechanism that regulates health

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The link between a diet that is too high in sodium and the onset of hypertension is now known. We now also know the mechanism that explains why.

The link between a diet that is too high in sodium and the onset of hypertension is now known. We now also know the mechanism that explains why.
The role of metabolites in sodium-sensitive hypertension
Scientists, during an experiment , examined hundreds of metabolic substances produced during digestion by analyzing blood samples from people with hypertension or high blood pressure.

During this experiment the group of subjects was divided in half: some followed a low-sodium diet, others were given slow-release sodium tablets for six weeks. At the end of this period the roles of the two groups were reversed.

Thanks to this study, the researchers found that reducing sodium doses increased the level of two specific metabolites, both associated with lower blood pressure and lower arterial stiffness.
The right amount of sodium
EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has recently revised the guidelines for the intake of sodium and chloride, the elements that make up table salt, reiterating the risk of onset of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the face of quantity excessive. EFSA recommends:
  • 2 g of sodium per day per adult
  • 3.1 g of chloride per day per adult
For a total, therefore, of 5.1 grams of salt. Almost all of them exceed these limits: according to the Ministry of Health in Italy we consume between 8 and 10 grams per day.

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Whole salt: but is it really better than other salts?

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Whole salt: but is it really better than other salts?

Whole salt: but is it really better than other salts?

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Whole salt is gaining ground among consumers. But is it true that from a nutritional and health point of view it is better than the other salts on the market? Read on to find out.
Whole salt, what is it really?
Integral salt is a salt that is obtained from sea water, like sea salt. The difference lies in the degree of purification: whole salt is less refined than normal sea salt and for this reason many say that it contains more valuable elements for health, such as magnesium, zinc and iodine. The beneficial and nutritional properties of the “84 elements” contained in the whole salt are enhanced and some even claim that it is low in sodium. But it is false!
What elements does whole salt contain?
Numerous substances are diluted in sea water, many of which are certainly not beneficial (just think of how many chemicals reach the sea). Even if the seas differ in degree of salinity – for example our Mediterranean is more saline than the Baltic Sea – the majority elements are always sodium chloride, magnesium salts, calcium and potassium , which make up about 86% of the total solid component. But what’s in the remaining 14%? Is that where the famous “84 elements” are found? Yes, and there are many more than 84! There are potentially beneficial elements, such as elements that are anything but healthy (eg mercury, arsenic, lead, etc.), but all in such low percentages as to have neither positive nor negative effects on our body.
But at least the whole salt contains little sodium?
Absolutely NO, whole salt has a sodium content practically identical to that of normal table salt.
Are there salts with the exact same taste as salt but with less sodium?
If you want to season your dishes by significantly reducing the percentage of sodium, forget about the whole salt, it is certainly not the solution.

We can only advise you to start using the products of the IDEALE range , which maintain the salty taste and reduce sodium by 50 to 75%.

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4 low-sodium snacks to recharge in a healthy way

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4 low sodium snacks for a healthy recharge

4 low sodium snacks for a healthy recharge

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Sometimes you feel really low on energy and you know it’s time for a snack. The problem is that most snacks contain a lot of sodium, putting your health at risk. Here is a list of healthy foods, perfect for a snack and reduced in sodium.

Almonds: a snack to keep the figure

Dried fruit is really good for your health, because it contains essential fatty acids, useful for regulating cholesterol metabolism, keeping cell membranes healthy, regulating inflammatory processes and the production of hormonal substances. In particular, a serving of dry roasted almonds with no added salt contains only 2 mg of sodium. For a super breakfast you can also mix almonds with yogurt. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that almonds are a healthy snack because they help reduce appetite without the risk of weight gain.

Popcorn: a light snack

Surprising, right? Yet popcorn is a very light and healthy snack, as long as it is homemade, without adding salt or butter . It is in fact a naturally low sodium content food (less than 5 mg per serving), with very little fat and a good dose of fiber. If you just can’t eat unsalted popcorn, try a sprinkle of Ideal Spray : this will give you tastier popcorn but with very little added sodium. Also try adding some spice if you want more particular flavors!

Dark chocolate: an energy snack

When you need a bit of energy and a good mood, what’s better than chocolate? But don’t choose it at random: only the dark one has low (or no) sodium content. Remember that to be considered non-dairy, chocolate must contain at least 43% cocoa (of which no less than 26% cocoa butter) but the real health benefits are obtained by consuming chocolate that contains at least 70% of cocoa . Dark chocolate has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and helps control cholesterol and blood pressure. But don’t overdo it: for a snack two squares are enough.

 

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