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Low-Sodium Diet

It's common sense that you need to limit sodium intake, but most of us don't heed the warning.

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Consuming too much salt can have repercussions for your body. Sodium causes your body to hold more water and as a result, you are more susceptible to kidney stones and high blood pressure, among other health problems. This also contributes to water weight and gives you a misleading number on the scale.

Be more aware of your sodium intake by reading food labels. Salt is a preservative that keeps most frozen, canned and fast-food items tasting fresher and maintaining a longer shelf life. Even if the label says it’s low-fat, low-this, low-that, it probably has a high amount of sodium and you need to skip it. Sometimes, those labels advertise low-sodium, so grab those instead.

A healthy daily intake of sodium on a low-sodium diet is less than 2,000mg (one tsp of salt has almost 2,500mg). The average person is consuming upwards of at least two times this amount. A low-sodium diet doesn’t mean you have to give up flavor. Cook with fresh herbs for delicious aroma and flavor and use fresh meats, seafood and produce for really wonderful taste. Remove salt from your baked goods and replace regular butter and cheese with the unsalted variety. Stay away from packaged, processed goods.

PRO
  • Limiting sodium is common sense these days, so it only goes to show that this will be a healthy lifestyle.
CON
  • None to speak of
EXERCISE

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CONCLUSION

When you start looking at all the things you eat, it’s plain to see how easy it is to live a low-sodium lifestyle. The main strategy is to find tasty herbs and spices that give your foods the flavor you desire without extra salt. Doing so will lower your blood pressure, among other things.

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Shane

I am 26 and was told by my doctor I am at risk of heart attack because of my family history and told to go on a low sodium diet. I am only 2 days in . I notice that everything has salt and everything I liked before has alot alot alot of salt. I have found I like the vegetables to be more satisfying. I am not over weight either I am 5'11" and I weigh about 220lb. I feel alot better going on this diet and wish I would have been on it sooner. Now to try and quit smoking.

posted Oct 5th, 2009 2:41 pm


Paula

So far I LOVE this diet. I've been on it for 4 days and have lost 8.2 pounds. It was a shocker when I went grocery shopping and saw how much sodium is in everything. You really have to be committed to making your own meals. I usually cook a couple extra pieces of meat and freeze it. So far so good, hope it continues

posted Aug 15th, 2009 12:18 am


ina maclean

i would like to start the diet

posted Apr 28th, 2009 11:59 pm


RyanSea

Although this type of diet seems pretty common, we all eat more sodium than we should so the guidance provided in the book was very helpful.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 11:01 am


barbGR12

WHAT A CHANGE!!! My body used to hold onto so much water with all the foods I was eating and with just starting this diet pounds have just fallen off!!!

posted Oct 5th, 2008 10:57 am


Amanda Maurer

I have a kidney disease and I have to do a Low-Sodium Diet, even if you do not have any health problems, I strongly recommend that you do this diet to greatly reduce/decrease health problems that result from to much Sodium intake.


Jackie

This is smart no matter what diet your on. Low sodium eating helps you not retain water so you will lose weight!



   
 

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