If you have
cirrhosis, you may need to reduce your sodium intake
by eating less salt. You'll feel better and lower your risk of fluid buildup in
the abdomen (ascites) and legs (edema) and other complications by
following the suggestions in this Actionset. You may also want to visit with a
nutritionist (registered dietitian) to help you get started or find
more ways to cut down on salt and eat a healthful diet.
less sodium does not have to be hard, but you do have to think about it. Salt
is in many foods, so limiting your salt intake means more than just not using
the salt shaker. Packaged (processed) foods and restaurant foods are usually
quite high in salt. You can start reducing the sodium in your diet by:
- Reading labels to see how much sodium foods
contain and keeping careful track of your sodium intake. This is the surest way
of evaluating your diet.
- Limiting packaged foods and restaurant
foods, which typically are high in sodium.
- Not adding salt to your
food during cooking or at the table.
- Using low-sodium spices and
sauces to add flavor to your food. Low-sodium foods can still be tasty.