Often times clients come to me complaining of breakouts and their skin looking puffy and swollen. The first thing I speak with them about is their lifestyle and food that they eat. Salt is a known ingredient that aggravates these conditions and I ask my clients to give up highly salted food for a week to see if there is an improvement in their skin. Salt can often times be hidden in such things as soy sauce or even canned vegetables or microwavable popcorn. So even if you don’t add salt at the table it is most likely in most of the foods you eat unless they are not processed. There are alternatives that can be used such as low salt soy sauce and herbs that are powders and salt free. Once you switch over and start to decrease these additives you really notice how salty many foods naturally are.
Although it may not make much sense when you seem to be bloated and retaining water, but that is the time to drink more of it. Drinking water flushes out the system of toxins and salts. The body will feel hydrated and not want to retain the water for fear of being dehydrated.
Many people take diuretics prescribed by their doctors. This does help in keeping the swelling down, especially when you have puffy eyes in the morning. There are over the counter diuretics you can take, but remember the water loss is only temporary. If you start consuming foods or beverages like that tasty Margarita with salt on the rim you’ll see the swelling and the pounds come back.
Consuming Less Salt = Nicer Reflection
The other positive result of consuming less salt is a loss in body weight. Salt can retain as much as three to four pounds of water weight overnight. If you’re not sure about this check your rings in the morning. I always try on one particular ring when I think I had too much salt the night before. When I’ve indulged it never fails that I can’t get the ring past my knuckle. The good news is that even if the scale shows a weight gain I know it is always temporary. Drinking lots of water, cutting down on the salt and carbohydrates and doing some cardio exercise generally brings me back within a day or two.
So don’t fret when you’ve gone out for chips and salsa, or added a little too much soy sauce to your meal. Just get back on track the following day, and you’ll see a nicer reflection in the mirror. Now you know how salt affects your looks and what you can do about it.