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Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


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How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

More fruit in diet: You can eat more fruits rich in potassium such as tomatoes oranges bananas. The dash diet is good on outlining this ...Read more

Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


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Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosis is correlated with vitamin d deficiency. I'd have your calcium and vitamin d levels checked. Resistance exercises also help build stronger bones. There are side-effects to bisphosphonate therapy, but believed that their benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Is Himalayan salt better than table salt. Does it have the recommended sodium balance?

Is Himalayan salt better than table salt. Does it have the recommended sodium balance?

Salt intake: There are no published clinical studies on Himalayan salt comparing it to table salt. Himalayan salt contains 85% sodium chloride and up to 84 trace minerals, including iodine, lead, and plutonium at very low levels. It is speculated that iron content may accounts for its pink color. We get trace elements from other dietary sources, so I think regular salt is just fine. Limit to ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Tip)

Eating a Low-Sodium Diet

Eating out anywhere is going to put you over your sodium restriction. ...See more

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If you have high blood pressure how much sodium can you have in a day

Your : Your doctor is in the best position to give you this answer but i can offer some background and some information that may be helpful. Some people have hypertension that is very sodium sensitive while for others sodium intake does not have as large an effect. The magnitude of the blood pressure problem, the number of medications being used, the day to day variability in blood pressure, as well as the patient's sodium sensitivity, are all important factors to consider. What is particularly important to know is that sodium is often found in places where people don't expect it. Virtually all canned and processed (pre-packaged) foods are high in sodium. This is especially true of soups, frozen dinners and other convenience foods, as well as dehydrated powders for making sauces and salad dressings. Other foods high in sodium include soy sauce, catsup, worcestershire sauce, chili sauce, mustard, pickles and relishes, sauerkraut, olives, and many cheeses. Hidden sources of sodium include baking powder, baking soda and most baked goods (which contain these ingredients), canned or frozen vegetables in sauce, frankfurters, cured ham, sausages and other lunch meats (including deli turkey breast), salted nuts, chips and other snack foods, and any food additive with the word "sodium, " such as sodium benzoate (a preservative), sodium phosphate (an emulsifier and stabilizer), monosodium glutamate (msg), sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. It is worth emphasizing that foods with the highest salt content include soups, canned goods, fast food, frozen dinners, condiments (especially barbeque and asian sauces), pickles, bacon, salsa, cheese, processed meats (cold cuts), tomato juice and v-8 juice. It is necessary to read the sodium content on the labels. Advertisers often use marketing gimmicks and even some foods labeled as “low sodium” actually have very high levels of sodium. Even natural foods such as milk, meat, and vegetables contain sodium. A cup of milk contains 375 milligrams of sodium, a half-cup of cottage cheese has 475 milligrams, and a glass of tomato juice has 441 milligrams. The amount of sodium is listed on every food label, and there is no substitute for looking at the facts. Finally, it is important to know that restaurant meals can have very high levels of salt. Salt adds flavor and helps to preserve certain foods. Processed foods are used by most restaurants, and even when fresh ingredients are used they may add unnecessary amounts of salt to dishes. It is appropriate to ask the server about low-sodium options. If the server seems puzzled by the question, then it is best to ask to speak to the manager. I generally recommend that the total intake of sodium for patients with sodium sensitive heart conditions be kept to no more than 2000mg per day. ...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