Health Tip of the Day ~ 5 Ways Salt Can Be Harmful to Your Health

Hide the Salt Shaker, Please

Excessive intake of salt can be harmful to your health in various ways. Here are five ways salt is bad for you:

    1. High blood pressure: Salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. When you eat too much salt, your body retains water to dilute the excess salt in your blood, which can lead to increased blood volume and pressure.
    2. Fluid retention: Consuming too much salt can cause your body to retain fluid, which can lead to bloating and swelling. This can also put strain on your heart and kidneys.
    3. Increased risk of heart disease: High levels of salt in the diet have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems.
    4. Kidney damage: Excessive salt intake can cause damage to your kidneys over time. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and excess fluid from your blood, and high levels of salt can put a strain on these organs.
    5. Stomach cancer: Studies have found a link between high salt intake and an increased risk of stomach cancer. Salt is thought to damage the lining of the stomach, making it more vulnerable to cancer-causing agents.
Source: ChatGPT

Feeling Good Tip of the Day ~ Your Cup is Overflowing

“Constructing an optimistic vision of life allows one to have a full interpersonal world in spite of unfortunate circumstances … [it] reduces feelings of sadness/depression and anxiety, increases your lifespan, fosters stronger relationships with others and provides a coping skill during times of hardship. Being optimistic allows you to handle stressful situations better, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.” Source

NOTE: Instead of looking at your cup as half-full, look at it as overflowing, spilling off the table, running across the floor and out the door flooding the street where you live. Now, that is some kind of optimism and it is available to each of us. The key is within us. The more we reach out to help others and bring benefit to our world the more we are filled with an optimistic spirit. We are no longer powerless, we are empowered. What are you waiting for? The world is waiting for you.

Positive Thought of the Day ~ Appreciate the Moment

“Appreciate the moment.”

NOTE: The wild flowers are spectacular this spring in south Texas. They flooded the roadside as I drove to the gym this morning. I had all I could do to concentrate on my driving while trying to appreciate the flower show. It’s really true, it’s important to appreciate the moment especially with those we love. One never knows how many moments anyone has. Appreciate every one of them.

Poem of the Day ~ Return


Sterling A. Brown

I have gone back in boyish wonderment
To things that I had foolishly put by. . . . 
Have found an alien and unknown content 
In seeing how some bits of cloud-filled sky 
Are framed in bracken pools; through chuckling hours 
Have watched the antic frogs, or curiously
Have numbered all the unnamed, vagrant flowers, 
That fleck the unkempt meadows, lavishly. 

Or where a headlong toppling stream has stayed
Its racing, lulled to quiet by the song 
Bursting from out the thickleaved oaken shade, 
There I have lain while hours sauntered past—
I have found peacefulness somewhere at last, 
Have found a quiet needed for so long. 

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