by Anthony Alayon, CFT
With so much emphasis being placed on what foods to eat and exercises to perform, a topic that does not get discussed very often is the one of food seasonings. At one time or the other, we have all indulged in some type of food that has been loaded with seasoning to make it taste great! The question now remains, are these seasonings good or bad for you?
For starters, not all seasonings are the same.
There are seasonings that are high in sodium while others that are not. Seasonings that are high in sodium should be avoided as they will cause you to retain excess water and therefore more weight. It is not that sodium itself is bad for you, but rather the amount we consume on a daily basis that is. Studies have shown that we should not consume more than 2,000 mg’s of sodium if we are trying to lose weight and stay healthy.
Benefits of Sodium:
Sodium allows the body to transport water more efficiently. Water is needed to keep our bodies properly hydrated and from overheating. Sodium also helps to keep a good acid balance between our blood and urine. In addition, sodium helps our bodies to deliver nutrients more efficiently which is important to achieving any fitness goal!
Effects of Too Much Sodium
If you consume too much sodium, some side effects can be high blood pressure and excess water retention. This could lead to bloating and ruin your weight loss or fitness endeavors as your body is holding on to water weight. So make sure you get no more than 2,000 mg’s a day of sodium to avoid any of these side effects.
Secret Tip to Use for Foods That Are High in Sodium
I always recommend using foods that are all natural. For instance, if you have the choice between canned corn or all-natural corn, always choose the all-natural corn! I know it can be a bit of a hassle at first but your body will thank you and so will your waist line.