Sodium is a mineral that is essential for health, but most of us consume far too much of it. A startling 89% 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, increasing the risk 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. 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% sodium by weight, contributes just 10% of the total sodium in our diets generally. About 75% 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 act as a preservative. Even foods that don’t taste salty can contain a surprising amount of sodium. For example, baked goods like muffins and 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 saltshaker can get too much sodium.
Cut Back on Sodium With Isagenix
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.
- Choose Nature Oat Bakes Over Bakery Muffins
An extra-large muffin, the size that is usually found in a coffee shop or bakery, can easily contain 25% or more of your recommended daily limit for sodium. If you want to enjoy a healthy treat that you can pair with your coffee, snack on Nature Oat Bakes™ instead, with only 75 milligrams of sodium per serving.
- Pick Collagen Bone Broth Over Packaged Soups
Packaged soups are often very high in sodium, containing between 875 and 1,500 milligrams of sodium in one 8-ounce serving. A delicious, satisfying cup of Collagen Bone Broth has 340 milligrams of sodium and provides 8 grams of protein, along with types 1 and 3 collagen and the combined power of vitamin C and Tri-Amino Acid Complex.
- Reach for Whey Thins or Harvest Thins Over Crackers or Potato Chips
Crackers and potato chips don’t hold up when compared to Whey Thins™ and Harvest Thins™. These typical snacks contain little protein and are often high in both fat and sodium. Whey Thins and Harvest Thins are savory, filling snacks that offer 10 grams of protein per 100-calorie pack. Both protein-packed snacks come in delicious flavors, offering 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 an Isagenix System.
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-to-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, people often get way more sodium than they realize from ordinary foods. Swapping typical foods for Isagenix products makes it convenient for you keep your sodium intake 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, et al. 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