Your body needs sodium. It’s a mineral that is essential for normal nerve and muscle function. Sodium is also critical for helping your body regulate fluid balance. However, despite the important role sodium plays in supporting health, it is one of the top three dietary components we should limit according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The problem is that most of us consume far too much sodium. A startling 89 percent of Americans have daily sodium intakes above the recommended tolerable upper intake level of 2,300 milligrams per day (1). Regularly consuming excess sodium can raise blood pressure and high blood pressure is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular issues over time (2). Many common foods contain hidden sources of sodium, so it can be harder than you might think to cut back on it. However, with the help of Isagenix products, keeping your sodium intake under control can be effortless.
Sneaky Sodium: It’s Hiding in Places You Might Not Expect
Where does all of this excess sodium come from? Table salt, which is about 40 percent sodium by weight, contributes just 10 percent of the total sodium in our diets generally. About 75 percent of the sodium we consume is added during commercial processing and preparation of foods (3).
Sodium is added to processed foods to improve texture and flavor and as a preservative. Even foods that don’t taste salty can contain a surprising amount of sodium. For example, baked goods like muffins or scones can be high in sodium. The baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, that gives baked goods their light and airy texture is the primary source of hidden sodium in these foods.
Since the majority of the sodium we consume is added to our food before we purchase it, cutting back on sodium can be a real challenge. Even people who never use a salt shaker can get too much sodium.
Cut Back on Sodium with Isagenix
Isagenix products are formulated to contain a targeted amount of sodium to support your body’s needs while helping you to avoid the sodium overload you can get from many ordinary foods. By trading out high-sodium foods for lower-sodium options, you can easily reduce the amount of sodium in your diet. These three swaps can help you cut back on sodium without sacrificing flavor.
1. Choose Slim Cakes Over Bakery Muffins
An extra large muffin, a size that is usually found in a coffee shop or bakery, can easily contain a quarter or more of your recommended daily limit for sodium. If you want to enjoy a healthy treat to pair with your coffee, snack on Slim Cakes® instead with only 85 milligrams of sodium per serving.
2. Pick IsaLean Soup Over Other Packaged Soups
Packaged soups are often very high in sodium, containing between 875 to 1,500 milligrams of sodium in just one eight-ounce serving. A hearty, satisfying bowl of Isalean® Soup has 490 milligrams of sodium and provides 24 grams of high-quality protein, along with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
3. Reach for Whey Thins Over Crackers or Potato Chips
Crackers or potato chips don’t hold up when compared to Whey Thins™. These typical snacks contain little protein and are often high in both fat and sodium. Whey Thins are a savory and filling snack that offer 10 grams of protein per 100-calorie pack. Both Barbecue and Sour Cream & Chive flavors offer a satisfying crunch and great taste with only 160 milligrams of sodium per serving.
While swapping individual Isagenix products for high-sodium foods can help you cut out excess sodium, you can gain greater benefits by allowing Isagenix products to work together as part of the 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System. Following the Isagenix System of Shake Days and Cleanse Days takes the effort out of keeping track of your sodium intake.
Consider a typical Shake Day where you replace two meals with an IsaLean Shake. Each serving of IsaLean Shake contains 265 milligrams of sodium, for a total of 530 milligrams in two shakes. If you add two snacks during your Shake Day—such as Slim Cakes and Whey Thins—and a serving of AMPED™ Hydrate when you head to the gym, your total sodium from Isagenix products will be comfortably under 1,000 milligrams.
The total amount of sodium in these Isagenix products leaves 1,300 milligrams of sodium remaining before you reach the 2,300-milligram tolerable upper intake level. As long as you enjoy a sensible 400-600 calorie third meal, you can round out your Shake Day without concern for exceeding the recommended daily intake for sodium.
Sodium is an essential nutrient that you need daily. However, the amount of sodium added to many foods during processing and commercial preparation has created a situation in our modern environment where people often get way more sodium than they realize. Isagenix products contain moderate amounts of sodium that help to support your body without going over the limit. Swapping typical foods for Isagenix products or using the 30-Day System are two ways that Isagenix makes it convenient for you keep sodium in check.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 8th Edition. December 2015. Available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.
- Whelton PK, Appel LJ, Sacco RL, Anderson CA, Antman EM, Campbell N, Dunbar SB, Frohlich ED, Hall JE, Jessup M, Labarthe DR, MacGregor GA, Sacks FM, Stamler J,Vafiadis DK, Van Horn LV. Sodium, blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease: further evidence supporting the American Heart Association sodium reduction recommendations. Circulation. 2012 Dec 11;126(24):2880-9.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Vital Signs: Food Categories Contributing the Most to Sodium Consumption – United States, 2007-2008, February 10, 2012 / 61(05;92-98).