Health | Are you able to follow a low sodium diet?

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If there is one lifestyle change that you may want to explore to benefit your health it is a low sodium diet. And it is not as hard to implement it as you may think.

There are many reasons why medical professionals recommend a low sodium diet. The primary one, however, is that it is good for your heart.

When you eat a diet with a lot of sodium, this can raise your blood pressure, one of the main risk factors for heart attacks and strokes.

A good side effect of embracing a low sodium diet is that it can contribute to managing your weight. If you have a lot of salt in your diet, your body will be more likely to retain water. In turn, you can feel bloated, have discomfort and increased overall water weight.

Thankfully, this type of diet does not require you to cut out whole food groups. The best foods to enjoy for a low sodium include:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Fresh meats
  • Most dairy products
  • Whole grains like whole wheat pasta and bread or brown rice
  • Unsalted nuts and seeds of all kinds
  • Dry beans, peas and lentils (in other words, not from a can)
  • Eggs
  • Fresh or dry herbs to add flavor to favorite dishes
  • Olive oil or other oils like safflower or sunflower oil

Of course, you do have to cut out certain foods out of your daily routine such as processed foods, pre-packaged foods, salt and canned foods.

Keep track of your sodium intake at each meal and aim for no more than 2,000mg in a single day. Always read the labels carefully so that you know exactly how much sodium in each serving of what you are eating.

Many foods claim to be ‘low sodium’ or ‘reduced sodium’ but they often are laden with salt. Once again, check labels to confirm the salt amount.