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Pregnancy and Preeclamsia: Cut Down on Salt to Manage the Condition Better

Preeclamsia is a condition wherein a pregnant woman experiences elevated blood pressure late in her pregnancy – usually after 20 weeks or so. Although the condition is known to have no definite cause, experts link it with poor nutrition, high body fat or inadequate blood supply to the uterus. Women who have a history of high blood pressure or preeclamsia, those suffering ailments like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or obesity are more susceptible to the condition. Some of the most common symptoms would include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, weight gain among…

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6 Wonderful Benefits of Himalayan Salt: The Purest Salt on Earth

Salt is the essence of life. Our body needs it, but not too much –or too little. Salt is made up of two electrolytes – sodium and chloride that help in maintaining the fluid balance in your body. It also helps regulate your blood pressure. In the last few years, salt or sodium has gained a bad reputation primarily because our appetite for junk or processed food has increased which has become the primary cause of excess salt consumption. Another reason for the sodium scare is the intense bleaching and…

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What’s Your Daily Salt Intake? Even 5 Gram Can Put You at Risk of Heart Attack

No other ingredient is as basic but as important as salt in the culinary world. Without it, it is almost impossible to hit the right flavour note and make all the ingredients come together into a gastronomic joyride. A little sprinkling of the white crystals into a bowl of salad, steaks, omelette, stir-fries, soups, etc is customary. Now, coming to Indians, the love affair with salt goes another level. It is almost like a compulsory side that has to accompany every meal. Even our snacks and small bites come smeared…

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Love Salt a Bit Too Much? It Could Be Dangerous For Your Heart

Come summer, come winter, we Indians love salty food. We can’t imagine snack time without munching on chatpata fries, samosas, chaats and other namkeens. While most of us are aware of the fact that too much salt is not good for our health, we often turn a blind eye, or forget to keep a check amidst all the celebrations and get-togethers. Just a little pinch of it can transform an ordinary dish into a lip-smacking treat. The truth is salt as an ingredient is not completely bad for our health….

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​Taste this: Your salt intake is double and dangerous

Many know they have to worry about salt, particularly if they have hypertension and abnormal amounts of lipids and fats in the blood. Scientists, however, have found that even patients with these diseases take more than two times the quantity recommended for a normal person. The National Institute of Nutrition’s dietary guidelines for Indians say salt intake higher than 8 gm/day is considered a risk factor for hypertension. Yet, a multi-centric study done on 500 patients in five metros showed that the mean total daily salt consumption was 10.9gm, with…

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15 Incredible Rock Salt Benefits for Skin, Hair and Overall Health

“Rock salt is a superior salt, according to Ayurveda,” says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath. “It is the purest form of salt – unprocessed and raw, devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components. It contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body including potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper and so on.” Contrary to popular belief, rock salt is not kala namak. “It is actually known as sendha namak in Hindi, and is a highly crystalline salt. It is made by…

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