When you’re craving a salty snack, it’s easy to tell yourself that a few pretzels won’t do much harm but heavy salt intake can have lasting effects on your skin and overall health.
Aside from increasing the risk of high blood pressure that can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart failure and even kidney disease, salt can negatively impact your skin’s health. According to WebMD, MSG and heavy salt consumption can cause puffiness, especially around the eyes. To help reduce eye puffiness, try the Simple Skincare Revitalizing Eye Roll-On. It instantly cools with cucumber extract and moisturizes the delicate under-eye skin with glycerin. The massaging roll-on applicator is also great for waking up tired eye and reducing puffiness.
Below you’ll find three easy ways to cut back on your salt intake:
Read the Labels & Choose Wisely!
Next time you’re at the grocery store remember to carefully look at what you’re putting into your shopping cart. All food items clearly label the amount of sodium you can expect to consume. According to WebMD, “the Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of a sodium a day” equivalent to that of a teaspoon of table salt. Today, most foods have low-sodium alternatives, a sure way to avoid overconsumption.
What To Avoid
Stay away from these foods or choose low-sodium alternatives and you’ll be well on your way to lowering your salt consumption:
-Salted snacks like peanuts and pretzels
-Ham, bacon, corned beef, luncheon meats, sausages and hot dogs
-Ketchup, mayonnaise, sauces and salads dressings
Cooking with Salt Alternatives
It’s no secret that a pinch of salt adds a ton of flavor to any meal but if it’s flavor your after, you should consider salt-free options that are healthier and just as tasty. Next time you have the urge to add salt, resist the temptation and sprinkle a little vinegar or citrus to foods, especially vegetables. Additionally, herbs and spices make the perfect salt replacement and topping on almost any dish.
Lessening your salt intake is no easy task, but it is possible. Remember, low-sodium is always the way to go!