When Salt Is Not What's Missing

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Salt is a natural mineral that can be found either in sea water or in deposits in the earth.  It is a mineral that both humans and animals need.  It controls how muscles and nerves work as well as fluid balance.  In fact, thirst is often an indication that there is too much salt present in the body.  The other side of salt is that it has a fairly high sodium content.  In humans, high sodium levels can lead to  hypertension, increased risk of stroke and premature death from cardiovascular disease.  For this reason, it is strongly advised by health experts that the amount of salt consumed on a daily basis be limited to 1 teaspoon.

Now this may be difficult for some who use salt like running water to season everything, but the proof is in your health.  Statistics show that 1 in 4 adult Americans has hypertension, high blood pressure is the cause of 3 out of 5 heart failure cases in women, and coronary heart disease is the number one killer of American women claiming over 500,000 lives per year.  That said, we have to explore new ways of seasoning our food.

There is an endless list of plant-based herbs that can be used to enhance the flavor of your food such as fresh cilantro, parsley, thyme, dill, oregano, sage, peppercorn, and rosemary.  When trying some of these what you will find is that plant-based herbs are really what release the natural flavors in your food.  In fact, they usually give your food the flavor that you’re attempting to capture by using salt.

So next time you’re cooking try some fresh seasonings to spice things up a bit.  Your taste buds will no doubt thank you immensely as you will have unlocked flavors never before explored.  Moreover, your body will thank you as you have achieved this without the sodium and the associated health risks.  Ask any chef and they will tell you that using fresh herbs is the secret to their flavorful cuisines.  The truth is that it’s never really been about salt.  Sure, we need salt for survival, but it is not the end all that be all in terms of flavor.

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Amirah Bellamy is a Vegan Coach, Vegan Fitness Meal Planning Expert, and Author.  To learn more about her fabulous Vegetarian Meal Plans, purchase her infamous eBook “The 50¢ Book That’s Hotter Than 50 Cent,” or INSTANTLY grab her FREE Vegetarian Starter Kit go to www.AmirahBFit.com

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I am a husband, father of 2 girls (I was told that I was meant to be King)! I have been in the fitness industry since graduating from the University of Florida back in 97. I had the privilege to do an internship with the world renowned Dr. Cooper and the Cooper Aerobics Center. My initial start after graduating was as a personal trainer at a small private personal training studio in Orlando. After eight months, I moved to Dallas and worked as a personal trainer and manager for the Premier Athletic Club in Dallas. Since that time I have continued to work as a fitness professional in a variety of roles. Most recent is the development of America's # 1Lifestyle program for Working Moms called "Working Mom Workouts." I enjoy working with my clients and helping people reach their fitness goals.

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