Temple Tips

Salt

"And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt."   Leviticus 2:13

Salt is a necessary part of a healthy diet, in moderation! We have become accustomed to the taste of salt and have learned to enjoy more and more of it; added at the table from the salt shaker, foods salted as they are cooked or prepackaged meals and snacks. Too much salt in your diet may cause you to retain water. Extra fluid in the cardiovascular system contributes to high blood pressure. Other conditions can cause the arteries to be less flexible, also contributing to high blood pressure. High blood pressure requires the heart to pump against the increased pressure within the arteries. Over time this extra work may cause damage to your heart or your vascular system. One of the easiest things you can do on your own is to cut back on the amount of salt you take in every day. Ask your health care provider for your recommended daily amount. Most of us should work toward 1500 mg daily. Take the salt shaker off the table and use herbs and spices to enhance the flavor. Reduce the amount of prepared foods and sauces, processed meats and cheeses and fried foods as they typically have high salt content. Choose grilled, baked or steamed food where salt content is easier to control. Read packaging labels for the amount of sodium/salt in each serving size to help you reach your goal. Try making dinner tonight with less salt!

~ Amy Gray RN Parish Nurse