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Any good way to start on a low sodium diet?

Any good way to start on a low sodium diet?

Salt source: While much focus is on the salt we add to cooking or at the table, the majority of our salt comes from processed meats, dairy, and canned goods. This requires a more committed diet change. See a dietician for more detailed guidelines. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Please help, how much salt is safe for a low sodium diet?

Please help, how much salt is safe for a low sodium diet?

1500 mg a day: And most of that is already there in what you eat (without adding salt). Here is a discussion: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease.Html. ...Read more

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Please help, how much mg of sodium should you have on a low sodium diet?

Please help, how much mg of sodium should you have on a low sodium diet?

1500 mg a day: And most of that is already there in what you eat (without adding salt). Here is a discussion: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease.Html. ...Read more

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The daily recommendation on a normal diet is 1, 400mg of sodium~~~how much should you have on a low sodium diet?

The daily recommendation on a normal diet is 1, 400mg of sodium~~~how much should you have on a low sodium diet?

1400-2400mg: A normal sodium diet is recommended about 2400mg of sodium a day. A low sodium diet would be in the range of 1400 to 2000mg of sodium a day. ...Read more

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How do a low salt and a low sodium diet differ?

How do a low salt and a low sodium diet differ?

Diet difference: There is no difference between a low "sodium" and a low "salt" diet. Sodium restriction is one way to treat both hypertension and fluid accumulation. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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How can a low sodium diet effect ones hearing?

How can  a low sodium diet effect ones hearing?

Read on: Assuming you are referring to the current definition of a "low sodium" diet , which is about 1500-2300 mg/day, i don't see why it should have any effect on hearing. ...Read more

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How many cups of coffee are safe on a low sodium diet?

How many cups of coffee are safe on a low sodium diet?

Coffee: does not have much sodium in it. It has potassium, which is not sodium and helps regulate nerve/muscle tone. There isn't much of a restriction based on the sodium. Often people have limits on how much fluid. Typically about 1 to 2 liters a day and the coffee can be a lot of all the fluid they should take in... so... 300 cc... 1-2 cups if fluid restriction. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the breakfast menus i can have for low sodium diet?

Can you please describe the breakfast menus i can have for low sodium diet?

Salt source: While much focus is on the salt we add to cooking or at the table, the majority of our salt comes from processed meats, dairy, and canned goods. This requires a more committed diet change. See a dietician for more detailed guidelines. ...Read more

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How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

How low is "low sodium" when starting a low sodium diet with 145/89 blood pressure?

Different approach: It's very hard to measure the sodium in your diet outside of a research protocol. Try this instead: never add salt at the table unless you've tasted it and you have to have it. Avoid known salty foods like potato chips, pretzels and salted nuts. Be careful about fast food and convenience foods which tend to be salty. Follow these steps and you'll be on the best low salt diet that's reasonable ...Read more

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I eat a low sodium diet- I keep it well under 1000 mg a day yet my sodium tests come out 139-145. Is this indicative of a problem? Not dehydrated.

I eat a low sodium diet- I keep it well under 1000 mg a day yet my sodium tests come out 139-145. Is this indicative of a problem? Not dehydrated.

Sodium: Blood sodium levels of 135-145 considered to be within normal range. If your sodium is closer to 145 your body might be a little dehydrated. Make sure you keep your body hydrated all the time. ...Read more

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Everytime i fall asleep my fingers swell. I'm on a low sodium diet.

Everytime i fall asleep my fingers swell. I'm on a low sodium diet.

Gravity: Your fingers always get larger when you lie down as fluid redistributes. When you stand gravity pulls excess fluid in your body down into your legs. When you lay down that fluid then seeks out the new lowest part of your body. Part of the reason you swell may be due to the reason you are on a low sodium diet. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to eat a very low sodium diet? I am a keeping track of my sodium intake, and it is less than 500mg daily.

Is it unhealthy to eat a very low sodium diet?  I am a keeping track of my sodium intake, and it is less than 500mg daily.

That is not easy..: Your body actually needs to have adequate amount of sodium to function normally and so too low can cause significant problems such as seizure, weakness, paralysis etc...500mg/day is actually a very difficult if not impossible task to achieve...As most food u eat contains some sodium..Just not known to you. The current rec is about 2500mg/day for the average joe...Good luck... ...Read more

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Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?

Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?

I'd still restrict. : Di results in inappropriate water loss in the urine. As long as you have free access to water, you shouldn't run into any serious problems, but even with specific treatment, modestly restricting your salt and protein intake can lessen the thirst sensation and subsequently the volume of urine you will make. That means less trips to the bathroom. ...Read more

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What causes tightness at the back of the tongue? It's also enlarged. No symptoms of LPR and have low-sodium diet and tight neck.

What causes tightness at the back of the tongue? It's also enlarged. No symptoms of LPR and have low-sodium diet and tight neck.

Enlarged tongue DX: The reason for the large tongue needs to be clarified. It could be due to a medical problem, and you may even need a biopsy of the tongue help clarify the diagnosis. This is something to discuss with your physician and get the appropriate referral ...Read more

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Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Yes, however...: I strongly advise you take Vitamin C, ideally 1000 mg 2-3x/day, but you should try to find forms without sodium. I don't know what's available in Denmark, but in the US you can find ascorbic acid, or calcium or magnesium ascorbate without sodium. Lypo-spheric Vit. C is esp. well-absorbed,but has 120 mg of sodium, but a low sodium diet usually allows 2000mg/day. Vit. C is best with bioflavonoids. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more