The Sodium Battle is Won in the Kitchen.

( In the journey to fitness there seems to be two extremes. One is fighting to force oneself to workout on a regular basis. Sometimes eating healthy isn’t as big of a stretch for some as actually going to the gym and doing the exercise. I admit I tend to fall into this category. It seems there are more days than not that I must sike myself out to make it to the gym. There are times when I know my weight is being maintained totally by my diet, but I don’t feel the strength or stress release from the body that comes from a good solid workout. The other extreme is going to the gym religiously, but not maintaining a healthy diet.

Some would argue this could be just a bit more dangerous then not making it to the gym. How effective your workouts will be in contributing to your health is based on what you put in your body. Many people are trying to work on lowering their sodium content. However, some feel that water and the gym is all you need.

Going to the gym getting a good sweat in and drinking the right about of water is definitely a plus in reducing your sodium levels. However, doing these things while making no dietary adjustments can leave you frustrated by a lack of results. Sometimes we are fooled into believing we can eat absolutely anything we choose as long as we make it to the gym and drink water. in this mindset one will never get ahead. Your workouts and water intake will always be fighting an uphill battle. Reducing sodium in your diet is necessary to keeping your sodium down. If you are dealing with edema, and high blood pressure as a result of high sodium you have to begin the work in the area of diet.

There are times you might not be able to make it to the gym or complete your workout due to your condition. In those times you can help lower your blood pressure, and possibly reduce swelling through what you are drinking and eating. Instead of just focusing on sweating the sodium out make sure you are drinking enough water verses just fluids. There is no substitute for water. It would be wise to consider preparing meals with spices other than salt, and seasoning salts, and try using fresh seasonings such as: onions, garlic, bell peppers, green onions, and celery. Making dietary changes will help you get the best out of your workouts.

There are so many assets to a diligent work out regimen. The body is strengthened, weight can be lost, stress is often released, and there is a sense of accomplishment that comes with staying committed to one’s workout. Getting a good workout in can also assist you in dealing with different health challenges; however, it is not enough on its own. You must be mindful of what you are eating and drinking to get the most out of your workout.

Talk with your doctors, or nutritionist, about ways that you can change your diet to aid in healing the body, and overall wellness. The journey towards health and fitness will begin in your kitchen. As you train the body you must train your diet to help defeat conditions that stem from high sodium.

Staff Writer; Christian Starr

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