Three Things

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1. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set two and ten year goals for lowering the sodium content in processed and prepared foods. This is awesome news! A diet lower in sodium can help prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. While eating fresh is always the goal, convenience foods may make an appearance on occasion. On average, most Americans intake is 3,400 mg of salt per day while the recommended amount is 2,300 mg per day. The two year goal from the FDA is to reduce the national average to 3,000 mg per day and eventually to 2,300 mg per day. Check out how to limit sodium in your diet and start today!

2. Do you know how to feed a happy, healthy gut? A balanced gut promotes a strong immune system and lower levels of chronic inflammation. Both great things! Fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps stabilize the gut microbiome. Probiotics help maintain and grow the population of already there good microbes which you can find in fermented foods. Healthy unsaturated fats encourage diversity of healthy gut microbes.  Do your gut a favor and make sure you’re getting enough fiber, probiotics, and healthy fats to fuel a happy gut!

3. There are five key health behaviors that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. About half of American adults had at least one chronic condition (such as stroke, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) in 2012 – that’s about 117 million people! What! These five behaviors are absolutely attainable and should be goals for everyone. The behaviors are not smoking, exercising regularly, drinking in moderation, maintaining a healthy body weight, and getting enough sleep. I strive to always maintain these behaviors and you should too.

Raquel

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