A diet low in salt (sodium) may help lower your blood pressure. This can reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
- Limit sodium. Even if you are taking medications for your blood pressure, you should limit how much sodium you consume. In general, people with high blood pressure should consume 1,500 to 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day.
- Reduce sodium. In general, foods with more than 300 mg sodium per serving may not fit into your meal plan. You can find out how much sodium is in a food by reading the food label. Remember the amount listed is for one serving, which may be more or less than you eat.
- Do not salt food at the table. Add very little when cooking.
- Choose foods carefully when you eat away from home. Restaurant foods can be very high in sodium. Let the person taking your order know that you are looking for low-salt or no-salt choices. Many restaurants have special menus or make food with less salt.
Learn how the right nutrition can help you control your health condition. Ask your primary care physician to refer you to Goshen Hospital Nutrition Therapy.
For more information about nutrition therapy services offered at Goshen Hospital, call (574) 364-2679 .