Why follow a sodium restricted diet?
A sodium restricted diet, or a low salt diet, will help you manage your high blood pressure. It will also help you prevent water retention which might be due to some medications or to certain medical problems (kidney, liver, heart disease, etc).If you follow this diet strictly, your sodium intake will be less than 2000 mg per day, as recommended by doctors.
- Avoid adding salt during cooking. Keep in mind that each teaspoon of salt by itself contains 2300 mg of sodium.
- Keep salt shakers away from the table.
- Replace salt with other flavors such as herbs, spices, onion powder, garlic, onion, lemon and vinegar to flavor food instead of salt.
- Read food labels carefully searching for salt, sodium chloride, monosodium glutamate, or brine.
- Avoid using salt substitutes without consulting your doctor. They might be medically contraindicated.
- Use fresh, frozen, no-added-salt canned vegetables, low-sodium soups, and low-sodium lunchmeats.
If you are suffering from high blood pressure and you are overweight, you will need to decrease your weight and decrease the salt intake in your diet.
Here’s what to eat and what to avoid
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References:"Sodium Restricted Diet." Guidelines for a Low Sodium Diet. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2016.
"Sodium Restricted Diet." Your Sodium-Controlled Diet. N.p., 15 Feb. 2016. Web. 28 Sept.2016.