Saturday, 8 September 2018

Are you eating enough SALT?

Too much salt will cause water retention in your body, causing high blood pressure.

But if you do not eat enough you could end up feeling sick or lightheaded, or having muscle cramps, like after a strenuous exercise as salt is lost when you sweat.

Salt is a crucial electrolyte that maintains the correct balance of fluids both within the cells and outside.

Along with potassium, sodium from salt will help to ensure that nerve transmission, muscle contractions and many other functions can take place.

In other words, sodium is essential for the body to function.

The bottom line is this: if you are eating mainly unprocessed whole foods, it is not a problem to add some salt to your meals, as long as your overall intake is moderate.

If your food stops tasting good despite the salt you are adding, it is likely that your taste buds have become accustomed to a high salty taste and have become less receptive to other flavours. So cut back.


Exceptional people: Nurse finds out coworker was once her patient 28 years ago

 He was a premature 29-week-old baby who weighed 1kg. By the time he was discharged, he weighed a healthy 2.5kg, thanks to nurses Vilma Wong and Kas Pilon.

Nurse Vilma Wong holding Brandon Seminatore, a premature baby, 28 years ago. PHOTOS; FACEBOOK/STANFORD CHILDREN'S HEALTH
As they say, the world goes round and in 28 years later, Vilma Wong and the baby, Brandon, now a second-year pediatric resident, met. To Vilma, nursing is the best job to her.

The two met each other last month. PHOTOS; FACEBOOK/STANFORD CHILDREN'S HEALTH

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