FOR YOUR HEALTH
Why you should Skip the Salt & Add More Protein to Your Diet?
Salt Can Prevent You From Losing Weight?
Studies have shown that too much salt can raise your blood pressure and put you at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Sodium attracts and holds water. As a result, excess sodium in the body causes fluid retention and increases blood volume, the latter of which makes your heart work harder to move blood through the vessels and increases arterial pressure.
Some reason to cut back or even avoid salt in your diet:
1) Sodium Chloride (salt) in ANY form is an irritant and is toxic to the body.
2) To give you an idea of the irritating effect it has on the body just pour salt on an open wound (ouch!). It has the same irritating effect upon the body and its delicate membranes, especially in cases such as gastritis or ulcers.
3) Being refined it has had the minerals stripped from it, thus every time you eat it the body has to utilize nutrients from its tissues to digest it. This speeds up the aging process leading to premature aging.
4) It actually deadens the sense of the taste buds, (which explains why so many salt users say that their food has no taste without it).
5) Salt directly effects and or aggravates many conditions as hypertension, obesity, migraines, PMS, fatigue, all cardiovascular related diseases, and stroke just to mention a few.
The Power of Protein
It's easy to understand the excitement. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Insulin is a hormone that’s required for carbohydrates, fat and protein to be metabolized. However, carbohydrates require much more insulin than fat or protein does. The major determinate of blood sugar levels is the glycemic index response from the foods you eat, so while eating high-carb and high-sugar foods results in fluctuations in blood sugar levels, eating protein does the opposite.
Eating foods with protein has a minimal effect on blood glucose levels and can, in fact, slow down the absorption of sugar during a meal. This means a high-protein diet can help prevent spikes in blood glucose, which is especially important for preventing type 2 diabetes, balancing energy levels, and keeping your appetite and mood in check.
Improves Your Mood
Certain amino acids from protein foods are needed to balance hormones naturally, control your mood and act as a natural remedy for anxiety. Proteins help neurotransmitters function and synthesize hormones like dopamine and serotonin that calm us and keep our outlook positive.
Many people who are lacking in key amino acids start experiencing weakness, moodiness, and increased anxiety or signs of depression for this reason. Because protein helps stabilize glucose in your blood, it also prevents mood changes, irritability and cravings that can occur due to fluctuating blood sugar levels.
Promote Healthy Brain Function and Learning
Proteins are needed to make enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters that are critical for cognitive function.
The brain requires a steady supply of amino acids in order to keep concentration, focus and energy levels up. Studies show that when amino acid deprivation takes place, learning and coordination suffers, but once all necessary amino acids are reintroduced into the diet, learning and motor skills improve.
Some studies show that an inverse relationship between protein intake and risk of heart disease has been observed in adults, as higher protein diets appear to one of the natural remedies for high blood pressure. Also, substituting carbohydrate foods with protein results in lower LDL “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels. One reason this might be true is because higher protein diets balance blood sugar and tend to help prevent other heart disease-related causes, including obesity and diabetes.