Most Australians consume 8-9 times more salt than their bodies require. The recommended daily intake is no more than 4g of salt a day (1600mg of sodium). This equates to less than 1 teaspoon of salt in total.
Why reduce salt intake?
Blood levels of sodium (salt) are carefully controlled by the kidneys. A diet high in salt forces the kidneys to work harder. This can lead to increased blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure or heart disease a diet high in salt can add to fluid retention which in turn puts more pressure on the kidneys, heart and blood vessels.
How can you reduce your salt intake?
Start by understanding where most of your salt intake comes from.
For most people processed foods make up seventy- five percent of their intake. This includes bread, cheese, deli meats, biscuits, sauces and takeaways. About fifteen percent is through adding salt to your foods, the remaining ten percent is naturally occurring in foods.
The main message.
Eat plenty of fresh unprocessed foods, don't add salt to meals and choose low or reduced salt products.
What can you do with the extra salt?
For those of you who are sensitive new age kind of guys you can make up an excellent facial cleanser.
Mix ½ a teaspoon of sea salt with ½ a teaspoon of virgin olive oil.
Rub onto your face, especially around the nose and mouth, but avoid the eye area.
Rinse off with warm water apply some moisturiser and you'll be ready for your next photo shoot!


Cheryle Davies
Clergy Healthcare Coordinator

  • Created: 22 July 2010
  • Modified: 30 November -0001