The three words I found for my glossary building post were words that I have came across before and words that I have never came across before.
The first word I chose was commodity. Commodity is an important word to have in my glossary because it can mean multiple things. Commodity is defined by “a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee” (Dictionary.com). I found this word in the Consumer Health: Health Care Reform PowerPoint on Slide 2. Here commodity is being used saying how health care was a commodity to be bought and sold.
The second word I chose was discourse. Discourse is also another important word to have for my glossary because it is used in a way that is good for people to comprehend. Discourse is defined as “written or spoken communication or debate” (Dictionary.com). I found this word in the same PowerPoint but on slide 6. I think it is very important for people to understand different words and different meanings they have. It is very easy for us to just say talking out loud instead of discourse. But this way makes us smarter by knowing different synonyms.
The third word I found was stifling. Stifling is then again another good word to know. Stifling can be defined as “making one feel constrained or oppressed” (Dictionary.com). This word was also found in the Consumer Health: Health Care Reform PowerPoint on slide 7. Here the word is being used talking about a regulation vs. consumer protection. I think it is good for us to know this one as well because it is a great synonym for other words that correlate to the meaning.
Commodity: a raw material or primary agricultural product that can be bought and sold, such as copper or coffee.
Discourse: written or spoken communication or debate.
Stifling: making one feel constrained or oppressed
As a consumer of sodium, it is hard to say whether I feel protected or not. I will admit that, as a college student, I find myself eating fast food more than I’d like to admit. On Friday nights when it has been a long week and I can’t quite seem to find the energy to cook, it’s always easiest to grab a bite to eat somewhere outside of my home. Even though I am a nutrition major and care deeply about remaining healthy, I do have my slip ups. This is what causes me to be so unsure of how protected I am when it comes to being a consumer of sodium. I feel as if when I eat my own food at home my sodium intake is extremely low and when the weekend hits and I eat out most the days, my sodium intake must be at an all-time high. These two put me in the extremes of low sodium and very high sodium, which is what makes me wonder about my protection, is that healthy?
There is a large chunk of information that I do know about sodium and the impact large quantities of it have on your health however, there is also a lot for me to learn. I know that salt can increase your blood pressure which causes the heart to have to work harder. An unhealthy heart can lead to a multitude of negative health problems. I am also aware that adults should not consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium daily. For me, what I need to understand and learn about, is how to track my daily intake in milligrams so I can keep from going over 2,300 during the weekends.
Another way to help those keep track of how much sodium they consume would to remain comfortable and up to date on the laws regarding food labels. There is a specific spot on nutrition fact labels that show exactly how much sodium is in certain food items base on serving size. There is also a small place located beneath the nutrition facts that remind you how much should be consumed daily: 2,300 mg. With that being said, I think it is very important to be your own protector when it comes to sodium and excess consumption. In our world today, it is very easily hidden in so many different foods we eat. To remain healthy and protected as a consumer, education should be the number one priority.