Low Sodium Diet

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Have you ever thought about the amount of sodium (Na) you consume in your diet? 90% of Americans consume more than the daily recommended Nutritional Guidelines and do not even realize it.

 

The 2015-2020 Nutritional Guidelines recommend less than 2300 mg of Na per day, but if you have health conditions such as High Blood Pressure your daily recommendation is even lower.

A main source of Sodium comes from added salt in packaged, processed, store bought, and restaurant foods. Also, the salt shaker on the table!

Too much salt can increase your risk for multiple health problems including: high blood pressure, heart disease, and even stroke.

What are some ways to lower your salt intake?

  • Buy fresh, frozen, or no sodium added canned vegetables. If you cannot find no sodium vegetables, be sure to rinse them well before preparing.
  • Compare nutrition labels at the grocery store. Low Sodium on a nutritional label is defined at 140 mg of sodium per serving. The lower the better!
  • When dining out, request no salt to be added to your food and don’t use the salt shaker on the table.

 

Want to test your knowledge on Sodium intake? Take this quiz provided by the CDC https://www.qzzr.com/c/quiz/374967/sodium-101-put-your-sodium-smarts-to-the-test-c786c5d1-539a-4567-b118-44cd22ba2640

Talk with your doctor or health care provider about what amount of Sodium is right for you!

Do you have High Blood Pressure and Diabetes? Arbor Family Health has a new program called Healthy Patient Healthy Life for patients who have a diagnosis of both! Want more information? Give our Health Coach a call: Tanya David, RN 225-638-5879 .

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