It's often a good idea to reduce the amount of salt (sodium) in your
diet if you are diagnosed with certain conditions, such as
Cushing's syndrome, or
heart failure. Exactly how much daily salt is needed
varies from person to person.
Try some of these tips for lowering your salt intake:
Four years ago, Emmetsburg, Iowa, insurance agent Jim Wirtz, now 65, had
triple bypass surgery. Just 10 days later, he was back at the office. Three
weeks after that, he received a clean bill of health from his doctors, who said
he could do any physical activity -- except shovel heavy snow.
Wirtz took their advice, and he and his wife resumed having intercourse.
"Stay in the game, whether it's sex or work," he says. "My own
philosophy is, you just better live."
Wirtz is doing what doctors...
Flavor your foods with herbs and spices such as
basil, tarragon, or mint, or use salt-free sauces or lemon juice. Try plain or
flavored vinegar to flavor soups and stews. Use about
1 tsp (4.9 mL) of vinegar for
every 2 qt (1.9 L) of soup or
Choose foods marked "low-salt" or "low-sodium." Foods labeled
this way must contain less than 140 mg of
sodium in a serving.
Do not use salt during cooking or at the table.
Talk to your doctor before using a salt substitute. It may not be
recommended, because most salt substitutes contain potassium. Potassium can
build up in the bodies of people who have kidney disease and cause severe illnesses
and even death.
Avoid fast foods, prepackaged foods (such as TV
dinners and frozen entrees), and processed foods (such as lunch meats and
cheeses). Always check the serving size on processed food. Eating more than the
single serving size may increase your sodium beyond a healthy
Avoid foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) and
Avoid canned foods.
ham, potato chips, pretzels, salted nuts, and other salty snack foods.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology
May 17, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 17, 2011
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