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DO YOU SUFFER FROM HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? SODIUM, IT’S IN EVERYTHING…


If you are suffering from High Blood Pressure the culprit could be sodium.

Have you been reading the labels lately?

I had stopped reading the labels for a couple of years knowing I had read the labels for the items I had chosen. I was shocked to see the changes. Today it seems all products contain some sort of sodium. If you are reading your labels as you shop you will notice SODIUM even when it says “NO ADDED SALT, LOW SALT and LOW SODIUM”.

For optimal heart-health, the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium daily. Too much salt, says Dr. Pollak from MAYO Clinic, can increase your blood pressure, in turn, increasing your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

As you can see in the chart below the changes are constant. Today one slice of white bread has 130mg of sodium. Bottled Water has Calcium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate which equals to 5mg per 1 cup. More and more products are hiking up the sodium count so watch your labels.

What shocked me the most was milk and water!!!

I didn’t realize no matter what type of organic, fancy expensive or regular cheap cow milk the sodium levels were no less than 120mg of sodium in a one cup serving. WOW, I searched every label in the dairy section just to find that some milks went even higher.

Water, really!!! Adding sodium to every bottled water. Not only sodium, flavoring and natural minerals. Natural minerals, already known to be in water. Minerals are removed when reverse osmosis takes place to filter out the harmful additives. This is no joke. Next time you buy water check it out.

I always shy away from processed meats, processed cheeses and spreads, canned soups and frozen food as much as possible. These are products that can contain thousands of milligrams of sodium. The manufactures use sodium as a natural preservative. It is widely used in all foods.

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You can no longer trust the same brand to continue to have the same ingredients as weeks and months go by. It had only been 1 year since I had last read the labels on some of the staple products I buy each week. Big changes in those foods happened and I wasn’t paying attention. I was intaking so much sodium I had 6 heart attacks in 4 days thinking it was heart burn. Yeah it was heart burn alright. I thought I was doing my healthy life style eating habits but I slipped up and stopped paying attention.

So Remember… READ YOUR LABELS

OOH So Yummy Breakfast from a box!!!


Love Grown is revolutionizing breakfast with what they call “the power blend” of navy, lentil, and garbanzo beans! They have launched a selection of nutritious cereals that are also gluten-free and low sodium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am enjoying a bowl of Frosted Mighty Flakes as I write this review. This is actually the 3rd time I have eaten them, so I assure you they are delicious. They are lightly frosted and the frosted part is perfectly sweetened. They stay firm and the flakes didn’t get soggy. I actually had to leave my bowl for 10 minutes and when I returned they were still firm. I was amazed to say the least. I actually was full and satisfied until lunch rolled around. I have switched my breakfast cereal to Love Grown. So I will be reviewing the entire line they have to offer.

 

 

 

 

These are sweetened with Cane Syrup and they are labeled Vegan. Not that I care about the Vegan part so much, but as a result I have experienced a cleaner selection of products. To me that means lower sodium and prefer cane syrup over sugar or fake substitute product. NON GMO and Gluten Free are important factors also.