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Control Your Sodium

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Sodium-loaded foods are everywhere. The American Heart Association tells us that more than 70% of the sodium we eat comes from packaged and restaurant foods. And even if you don’t reach for the saltshaker, you’re probably getting more sodium than you need. 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much of it.

Large amounts of sodium in our diets increase our risk of:
  • Enlarged heart muscle
  • Headaches
  • Stroke
  • Heart Failure
  • High blood pressure

Today, your goal is twofold: First, become more aware of your sodium intake by reading nutritional labels. Second, build your meals and snacks around healthier, less processed options, like:
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Unsalted nuts and legumes
  • Skinless poultry and fish
  • Whole grains

Do what you can today to make it a low sodium day. Do it for your heart! Need an idea for a low sodium meal tonight? Try this recipe for Chicken Zucchini Enchiladas.

Share your experiences with us during the challenge in our challenge update thread here, in our private Facebook group, or on Twitter, or Instagram. Tag us with #healthynurse! 

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Sponsored by Support from Morrison Healthcare, A Division of Compass One Healthcare 

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Blog Challenge Tips 02/14/2022 12:08pm CST

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