Salt and Your Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Salt is essential to keeping your body’s fluids in balance. But too much salt can lead to a host of health problems.

The chemical name for dietary salt, or table salt, is sodium chloride. Most doctors focus on the sodium part.

“The best-known effect of sodium on health is the relationship between sodium and blood pressure,” explains Dr. Catherine Loria of the National Institutes of Health.

Dozens of studies, in both animals and people, have shown that increasing salt intake can raise blood pressure. And high blood pressure has been linked to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems.

About one in three adults nationwide has high blood pressure. Another third have blood pressure numbers high enough to risk developing high blood pressure. That’s why, Loria says, “it’s really important for the majority of the population to reduce their blood pressure.”

Experts recommend that people take in less than 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. People with high blood pressure should shoot for 1,500 mg or less. But right now, the average man in the United States takes in over 4,000 mg of salt per day, and the average woman over 2,800 mg.

Would you miss the taste? “Several studies have shown that as you gradually reduce sodium intake, you lessen your desire for salty food,” Loria says. In the U.K., where salt consumption has dropped by 10 percent over the past five years, surveys found that most people didn’t notice any difference in the taste of their food.

Most of the salt in the average American’s diet comes in prepared and processed foods, including restaurant food, cold cuts and canned foods. Surprisingly, over 20 percent comes from grain products, such as breads, cereals, crackers and chips.

“I think the best guidance we have is for people to pay attention to nutrition facts on the labels,” Loria says. Try to choose foods that list less than 5 percent of the daily value of sodium per serving on the nutrition facts label.

Even small reductions in salt can help your blood pressure. If you can’t find a low-salt alternative to a particular food, try something that’s lower than what you usually buy.

Why not start now? Make small changes at first, and then keep working to gradually lower your family’s salt intake.

For more information, visit http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/.

Salt and Your Health

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Solving Clean Water Challenges a Drop at a Time

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Good, clean water. It’s a basic necessity shared by families everywhere. Unfortunately, billions worldwide lack access to the safe water many others take for granted. In fact, contaminated water supplies are the leading cause of illness for millions of children globally.

The Nature’s Own Global Water Fund was created to address this dire situation by financially assisting non-profit humanitarian organizations that provide fresh water to those in need worldwide. Filtration and purification systems are installed, wells are built and farms are irrigated through a vast multinational effort coordinated among multiple agencies, corporations and millions of concerned citizens.

There is a way you can join in the effort. By purchasing any Nature’s Own Water Care product, you’re helping to make a contribution to the generous groups that keep healthy drinking water flowing to those who need it most. It’s all part of the commitment by Nature’s Own to improve water supplies throughout the world.

Designed to return the water in your home to the clean, clear state nature intended, Nature’s Own transforms water conditioning into water care, replacing traditional water conditioning products with pure, high-grade elements. The resulting water is more pure, tastier and gentler on your clothing and appliances than ordinary household water. Additionally, water treated with Nature’s Own soothes and rejuvenates the body.

Nature’s Own offers four distinct water care products, each designed with the unique needs of every home in mind. For families looking to add more potassium to their diet, Nature’s Own Potassium Cubes offers a healthy alternative to traditional sodium products. Potassium Enriched Cubes comprise an exclusive patented formula that offers a healthy balance of potassium and sodium, while protecting clothing and appliances.

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Nature’s Own is dedicated to making clean, clear water a reality for everyone. Visit www.naturesownwatercare.com to learn more about how you can help make a difference.

Is Hard Water Eroding Your Budget?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Rusty, calcified pipes and water heaters cost families money on reduced water-flow efficiency and repairs. The culprit? Hard water. And it affects 85 percent of U.S. homes.

Hard water is caused by a buildup of calcium and magnesium, which water picks up from sediment and rock before entering your home. The more of these dissolved minerals your tap water contains, the harder the water. Hard water can lead to scaling and rust on plumbing fixtures and pipes and reduce the lifespan and effectiveness of appliances. Additionally, soaps and detergents lather poorly with hard water, so family members use more than needed. It all adds up to household funds going down the drain.

To combat the costly effects of hard water, Nature’s Own Sodium Chloride Cubes with Resin Clean and Nature’s Own Sodium Chloride Cubes with Rust Fighter were specifically developed to transform water conditioning to water care. Developed to return hard water to the clean, clear state of purity nature intended, they provide multiple benefits for home, health and the environment.

Nature’s Own Sodium Chloride Cubes with Rust Fighter is specially formulated to protect pipes and appliances from discoloration and mineral buildup, which can lead to higher energy use, costly repairs and maintenance. Nothing works harder to remove residue and help household appliances last longer and operate more efficiently.

Nature’s Own Sodium Chloride Cubes with Resin Clean helps extend the life of water softeners by keeping resin beads cleaner, longer. The result is purer water, which leads to softer skin and hair and brighter clothes, and significantly cuts detergent and soap use by up to 55 percent. Less detergent means fewer harmful chemicals and carbon emissions are released into the environment. A priceless benefit we can all enjoy.

Made with high-purity salt, both products are safe for use in any softener. They’re two in the complete line of Nature’s Own water care products, all designed with the unique needs of every home in mind. Visit naturesownwatercare.com to learn which product is right for you.

New Healthy, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Bottled Water

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – It’s no secret that the use of bottled water among the public has been skyrocketing recently as concerns over the purity of household tap water continue to grow. With this rise in the sales of water in plastic containers have also come many adverse environmental side effects, as well as some looming health concerns about the chemicals found in these plastic bottles.

As a smarter, healthier and more eco-friendly alternative to bottled water, a new line of water care products have been created that turn ordinary tap water into a healthy source of natural hydration. Nature’s Own Water Care products transform water conditioning into water care, replacing traditional water-conditioning products with a blend of pure, high-grade elements designed to return the water in your home to its natural state of purity. The resulting water is purer, tastier and gentler on your clothing and appliances than ordinary household tap water. Additionally, water treated with Nature’s Own soothes and rejuvenates the body.

With the need for bottled water gone, there’s the added benefit of a reduction in the millions of tons of plastic dumped in U.S. landfills each year, not to mention a dramatic reduction in unhealthy phthalate that can sometimes leech into bottled water from the plastic.

A Product for Every Need

Nature’s Own offers four distinct water care products, each designed with the unique needs of every home in mind. For families concerned about their sodium intake, Nature’s Own Potassium Cubes offer a health-conscious alternative to traditional sodium products. Potassium is a naturally occurring element that is fundamental to a healthy diet and is also less damaging to the environment. The Potassium Enriched Cubes use a patented formula that offers a healthy balance of potassium and sodium while protecting clothing and appliances.

Sodium Chloride Cubes with Resin Clean and Sodium Chloride Cubes with Rust Fighter, designed to extend water softener life, and keep hair and skin free of mineral byproducts, are also offered. All four products are safe for use in any water softener.

Families who are concerned with the quality of their tap water are encouraged to visit nasalt.com to learn more about Nature’s Own and healthier, eco-friendly alternatives to bottled water. For more information, they should contact the Environmental Protection Agency.