Salt, Food, Sleep, Health and Taxes

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largeThere have been a number of articles relating salt and urination. The more salt you ingest, the more urine you produce.  Simple.

Now a Japanese study relates salt consumption to waking in the middle of the night to use the toilet. More salt means more trips to the bathroom at night.(1)

Salt affects blood pressure, and that in turn contributes to heart disease and stroke..  According to the American Heart Association, on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day.(3)

  • The recommended consumption amount is 1,500 mgs. per day for most adults, so this is more than double the recommended amount. Either too much or too little can be a problem. 
  • The maximum “safe” consumption is 2,400 mgs. per day.  The average American is way over the limit.
  • Most salt comes from processed foods such deli meats and canned soups. It’s important to read the labels and know what you are eating.

The British National Health Service estimates that salt reduction would result in 14,000 fewer deaths per year, at a savings of more than £3 billion.  The savings to Americans would be proportionally greater.

  • Converted to US dollars, the British cost savings is greater than the annual deficit reduction the recently deceased healthcare reform bill was supposed to produce.

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NOTE: There are contrarians who argue that concerns with salt consumption are a “myth.” I read one by Kris Gunnars, who claims to use an “evidence-based” approach. However, there is a complete lack of data in his argument; it reads like wishful thinking. My strong preference is for experimental designs using test and control groups rather than theory.

If you want to ignore facts, that’s your choice. However, you should know what you are doing and accept responsibility for the consequences of your actions. Making up “alternative facts” to justify your choice isn’t acceptable.

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What you need to consider:

  • What you eat can affect your quality of life, your health care and health insurance costs, and even your taxes.
  • However, this is one of those issues that requires large numbers of people to change behavior to make a difference. You need to mobilize your family and friends.

 


Sources:

  1. Sarah Knapton, “Cutting salt intake could stop excessive toilet trips in the wee small hours,” The Telegraph, 26 March 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/03/26/cutting-salt-intake-could-stop-excessive-toilet-trips-wee-small/
  2. American Heart Association, “What should my daily sodium intake be?” https://sodiumbreakup.heart.org/how_much_sodium_should_i_eat?utm_source=SRI&utm_medium=HeartOrg&utm_term=Website&utm_content=SodiumAndSalt&utm_campaign=SodiumBreakup
  3. American Heart Association, “Sodium and Salt.” http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/HealthyDietGoals/Sodium-Salt-or-Sodium-Chloride_UCM_303290_Article.jsp?gclid=CIbzu9fO9NICFYOKswodxbgPdw#.WNf0OKKVtPZ
  4. Kris Gunnars, “The Salt Myth – How Much Sodium Should You Eat Per Day?” https://authoritynutrition.com/how-much-sodium-per-day/
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Most Americans Should Consume Less Sodium.”  https://www.cdc.gov/salt/

A Smoothie for Cancer?

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There’s a Turkish doctor I know who swears by this concoction: he says that people who drink one a day don’t get cancer.

I can’t find any data to support or refute his claim. The recipe is very high in antioxidants.

What my wife and I have found is that if we drink two of these a day in place of breakfast and lunch, we aren’t hungry and can lose a couple of pounds per week quite easily.  It also knocks down the cost of groceries; kale is cheap.

Here’s the recipe:

  • Two cups of kale
  • Two cups of water
  • One 1-inch thick ring of pineapple (3 rings of canned pineapple)
  • One green apple including skin, cored and cubed (e.g., a Granny Smith)

Blend until smooth.

One can substitute fresh spinach for kale; kale is preferred.  Or you can mix the two for taste.

For variety, one can substitute two cups of mixed berries for the pineapple.

Bon appetit!

More about Food

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This is impressive.  I just met this blog and really like what I’ve see thus far.

Spiced Squash Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

A Rare Comment on Food

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I had the opportunity to dine recently with a couple who are part of the family that operates Dittmer Meat, located southwest of St. Louis in the town of Dittmer.  Website:  dittmermeats.com

Three comments:

  1. The meat is absurdly good.  I sampled steak, beef and chicken sausage and pork sausage, all of which was among the best I have tasted in my 63 years. (And yes, I have dined in some of the finest steak places in NY, Chicago, and Philadelphia.)
  2. They raise the animals and the animals are grass fed with no chemicals.  I saw the farm.
  3. They really underprice what they sell.  The prices are way below Wal-Mart, with quality on a par with Capitol Grille.  Think about it.  Would you rather pay $60 for a steak in a restaurant, or buy the same or better meat from Dittmer for less than $10?

For anyone going to or within driving distance of St. Louis, this is worth a visit.