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Life Lessons: Say no to salt, yes to spices

Consuming too much salt can result in high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease and can cause your nervous system to overreact and pump out high levels of stress hormones, according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

If you're watching your salt intake, you probably avoid foods like pretzels and French fries, but it’s also hiding in your ketchup and mustard!

There are some ways you can still enjoy the flavors in life, without overloading on sodium.

“The best way to prevent a problem would be to do away with salt shakers at home. Second would be to avoid any kind of canned food, those have a lot of sodium content in that. And third would be to avoid any processed foods,” said Dr. Rohit Bhateja, a cardiologist at Florida Hospital.

Experts say cooking at home is the best approach.

If you don’t want to sacrifice flavor, season your pasta with lemon zest, basil, mint or parsley.

Make a dry steak rub with pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, and oregano.

Spice up your veggies with fresh parsley, thyme, and lemon zest.

“Just avoid putting in more than a teaspoon of salt in your daily food is actually the best way to prevent a problem,” suggests Dr. Bhateja.

Some registered dietitians say to gradually reduce the amount of salt you use. As your taste buds adjust, you won’t crave it like you would by going cold turkey.

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