What’s Your Sodium Goal?
Has your healthcare provider given you a sodium goal to meet each day? Your Sodium goal should include sodium found in foods as well as salt that you add!
SODIUM (salt) from food and drinks makes your body store water. This can lead to swelling and force your heart to work harder. To help prevent these problems, you may be told to eat less sodium than you’re used to. Sodium enters your body in two main ways – from the salt you add to food, and from foods that contain salt and other forms of sodium. To help your heart you may need to cut back on both sources.
Help Your Taste Buds Adjust!
COOK WITHOUT SODIUM
To help your tastebuds adjust try to make all of your meals and smacks low sodium!
- Take the saltshaker off the table and stove. Season with fresh herbs, garlic, onion, lemon, or pepper instead. A cookbook can give you ideas for which herbs to use with which foods.
- Don’t salt cooking water! When cooking pasta, add a splash of olive oil to the water instead of salt.
- Eat fresh of plain frozen vegetables, Or choose canned vegetables with no added salt.
- If you choose to eat high-sodium condiments, dip your fork instead of pouring them on food.
- Avoid salt substitutes that contain potassium. These can cause problems with some heart medications and may damage the heart muscle. Before trying a salt substitute or seasoning mix, check with your healthcare provider or dietitian to make sure it’s safe for you.