Your doctor has just
prescribed a low-sodium diet, but do you have to give up all the foods
you love? "Everything in moderation," is a great way to transition to a
new diet. You can still have some of the foods you like, but think of
them as treats instead of staples. Don’t look at this new way of living
as a punishment, but rather the opportunity to try new things and work
to be the healthiest you can be. Will you like all the new things you
try? Probably not. But you won’t know until you try! Spring is just
around the corner, and fresh produce and herbs will be in abundance
making your low-sodium diet flavorful and healthy!
The Cleveland Clinic
offers these general guidelines when striving for a low-sodium diet.
Talk to your physician about how you can best limit the sodium in your
diet and live a longer, healthier life.
Be aware of the American Heart Association’s “Salty Six"
like Mary says, “moderation not eradication,” when it comes to reducing
the sodium in your diet. The Department of Health and Human Services
states that “Healthy adults have no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a
day. People ages 51+ and who have high blood pressure levels, diabetes
or a kidney disease, have to stay at 1,500 or less milligrams of sodium a
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