August 29th is More Herbs, Less Salt Day!
With the end of summer at hand, herbs are at full abundance! This makes apropos timing for More Herbs, Less Salt Day
. While a small amount of sodium in the diet is necessary to maintain hydration, the average American gets 3,400 milligrams (about 1½ teaspoons) of salt daily. The Yanomamo people, who inhabit the Amazon forests, take in just 200 milligrams of sodium a day (one-tenth a teaspoon) of salt per day, which is much closer to the levels our bodies are naturally meant to consume and maintain proper balance.
According to a Harvard study
“When humans roamed the Earth hunting and gathering, potassium was abundant, sodium scarce. The so-called Paleolithic diet provided upwards of 10,000 mg of potassium a day and under 700 milligrams of sodium. The historical scarcity of sodium is reflected in the human body’s tenacious ability to hold onto it.”
Our bodies are built to hold onto salt because nature never intended so much of its use! In large amounts, sodium causes blood volume increase, which makes the heart work harder, which increases the risk factor for a wide variety of health problems like hypertension, stroke & other cardiovascular diseases, cancer, kidney problems and osteoporosis. The body has no means to regulate/flush out so much excess; what it flushes right out of the system instead is calcium, which is highly detrimental for growing children and aging women, especially. Even cereals, snack bars and breads can pack in a lot of hidden salt- as always, it’s important to read labels!
The Harvard study also states,
A more recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine modeled what would happen if Americans cut back their average daily sodium consumption by 1,200 milligrams—an amount that would still leave many people above the recommended intake, but would be a significant decrease from current levels. Such a cutback would prevent up to 120,000 new cases of heart disease each year, researchers estimate, and would save up to 92,000 lives and $24 billion in health costs. That’s a huge public health payoff—similar to what the U.S. would see if Americans cut their tobacco use in half.
Those are some amazing facts! Proof once again, that everything is related and that even the smallest steps that we take in our personal lives matter in the small and grand scale.
Herbs, on the other hand are a simple, cheap, easy and nutritious way to add flavor to food and heal, instead of harm the body. They are easy to grow (even in small spaces) and are an easy first step to take on the path toward optimal holistic health. The kids and I like to take handfuls of the fresh mint growing outside and add it to a pitcher of water with a sliced cucumber and lime (or with a stick of rosemary and a squeeze of lemon) for an afternoon refresher. We all benefit from the simple connections to the earth and its abundance!
|Chop extra herbs, cover in olive, coconut or other oil, freeze & store!
Check out articles on how and which Herbs Prevent Cancer and the healing properties of herbs
Search for creative ways to grow which herbs are best for your tastes & space on Pinterest.
What are your favorite ways to use herbs at home?
Have you ever tried growing your own?
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