Low-Salt Diet

Friday, November 25, 2016

A low-sodium diet can help prevent complications of high blood pressure and other heart conditions and symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill discusses low-salt diets in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your body needs salt to work properly. Salt contains sodium. Sodium helps your body control many functions. Too much sodium in your diet can be bad for you.

If you have high blood pressure or heart failure, you will likely be asked to limit how much salt you eat every day. Even people with normal blood pressure will have lower blood pressure if they lower their salt intake.

The latest dietary guidelines recommend limiting intake of sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day. For people with prehypertension and hypertension, the guidelines call for an intake of just 1,500 milligrams a day.

Eating a variety of foods every day can help you limit salt. Buy fresh vegetables and fruits whenever possible. They are naturally low in salt. Canned foods often contain salt to preserve the color of the food and keep it looking fresh. For this reason, it is better to buy fresh foods. Check all labels for how much salt foods contain per serving.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.