Struggling to get your blood pressure under control? Having high BP doesn’t mean quitting all your favorite foods or being on a strict diet all the time. But do yourself (and your heart and kidneys!) a favor by cutting back on your salt intake.
When you eat more salt, it raises the amount of sodium in your blood stream and causes your body to retain more water. This in turn bumps up your blood pressure, straining your kidneys, aorta, and heart.
Be Smart About Your Sodium Intake
- Be a label-reader and look for the hidden sodium in packaged foods. Watch out for words like “saline” and “sodium solution” in the fine print.
- Steer clear of canned/frozen/processed foods. Go easy on papads, pickles, sauces, carbonated drinks, ready mixes, and baked goods (with baking soda or baking powder). Something as innocuous as a packet of ready-made soup may have over 900 – 1100 mg of sodium per serving!
- When you dine out, ask for less salt in the dishes you choose.
- Swap the salt for spices and herbs like paprika, cinnamon, coriander, dill, or mint to flavor your food.
- Give yourself time to retrain your palate and get used to low-salt foods – your taste buds will eventually fall in line, we promise!
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