What is sodium? Should you care about it? Sodium is a part of what we call “salt”. You need sodium if your diet because it is a very important part of many different bodily functions, including fluid balance, and can be found almost everywhere if your body.
However if you have too much sodium, you may hold on to more fluid essentially leaving your organs to work harder to get rid of it and the water it holds onto. Daily requirements for sodium may vary but if you are at risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) or heart disease, it may be helpful to limit the sodium in your food.
Sodium is a preservative, so many processed foods need sodium to prevent them from spoiling. For this reason, it has become a necessity to our food system and hence an essential part of many cuisines and co...
Ever feel like you have a fire stemming from your stomach up to your throat? Well it could be the typical “heartburn” sensation or it could be something known as GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease- a condition that causes the acid in your stomach to rise into your esophagus and consequently irritate the lining of the esophagus. How to tell the difference? Heartburn can occur sporadically, infrequently, and after eating certain foods and is also a symptom of GERD. GERD however, is more chronic and long-term and the heartburn sensation associated with it is experienced more frequently. If you experience heartburn more than twice per week, you may have GERD.
Allowing yourself some freedom with your diet can be very helpful for your mind and your body. However, overdoing it can set you back.
To be completely honest, I don't like the term "cheat meal." Cheating automatically implies that you're doing something wrong and you should feel guilty about it. When in fact, you're actually not cheating on your diet; you're merely allowing yourself some freedom, which makes your nutrition regimen more sustainable and sometimes your body actually needs it. Some people like to call cheat meals free meals, treat meals, splurges, maintenance meals, etc. Whatever you call it, make it so that you don't feel guilty about what you're doing and can still follow these guidelines:
If you're dragging in the gym, your body may have completely exhausted your g...