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Change in native calendar month, change in season at our doorstep.

Chaitra or चैत्र is here. If you alter your food as per season, healthy life is normal event. Possible.

LowSaltMonth

अलोना or अलवण or अलोण or आलुणी or अलूण or अलणी or અલુણ means food with no salt.
 
चैत्र Chaitra month is beginning of the summer. In summer, one should reduce salty food intake. In fact, more liquids compare to solids should be included in diet.
 
To break the last season’s diet, culture prescribes fasting. From Today, for 9 days, many followers of culture of the land will observe fast.
 
Salt (Not just NaCl but all types of salt) has tendency to absorb heat or cold. So to avoid heat strokes in extreme summer, it is good to maintain salt intake.
 
If you want to try : Try 1 day without salt every 15 days this month (2 days). Observe अलोण.
 
6 gm salt is adult daily requirement. We consume much more than that. Reduce overall intake. Fast food, wafers etc. 🙂 Kids below 3 needs 2 gm [1] but they eat anything and everything as parents are least bothered. 🙂 Unknowingly, we invite heat stroke!
 
Happy new year!
 
[1] http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1138.aspx?CategoryID=51&SubCategoryID=167

How much salt is good for me?

We all need a little bit of sodium because it helps keep your body fluids at the right concentration and is needed for muscle and nerve activity. Salt (sodium chloride) is the main source of sodium in the UK diet, but the majority of us eat much more salt than we need. Eating too much salt over time is linked with high blood pressure, which can lead to serious problems such as heart disease or stroke.

Salt recommendations

On average, adults in the UK eat about 8.1g of salt (3.2g sodium) a day.  This may not sound like much, but to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, it is recommended that adults should not be eating more than 6g of salt (2.4g sodium) a day.

Salt intakes should be much lower than this for babies and children. Babies under 12 months old should have less than 1g of salt a day. The daily recommended maximum amount of salt children should eat depends on their age:

  • 1 to 3 years – 2g of salt a day (0.8g sodium)
  • 4 to 6 years – 3g of salt a day (1.2g sodium)
  • 7 to 10 years – 5g of salt a day (2g sodium)
  • 11 years and over – 6g of salt a day (2.4g sodium)

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