3. Reduce sodium intake.
This electrolyte is required in small amounts (no greater than 2,300mg/day) by the body to help balance other minerals and water. The problem with sodium is that it is hidden in our food, and the amount we add from the salt shaker makes up for merely 10% of our total daily amount.
When sodium is overconsumed by the body, it causes an imbalance that prevents our kidneys from flushing out excess fluids. This often will cause our bodies to hold on to extra weight, accompanied by bloating, achiness in our joints, and a rise in blood pressure. Cut sodium by limiting how much you eat out, purchase the no-salt-added version for canned, jarred, or boxed goods like beans or broth, be attentive to food labels, and minimize how much extra salt you’re adding to food.