Who doesn't enjoy a pizza or taco night? We sure do! Let's learn how to make these meals even better for our hearts and our blood pressure. If you need help with lowering your salt connect with the care team by self enrolling, calling us at (410) 348-1905 or sending us an email.
Sodium-mostly known as salt-is a sneaky ingredient that is added to food and then through the stomach into our blood. Sodium pulls water into blood vessels, filling them up and increasing blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 mg a day - ideally aiming for 1,500 mg per day for most adults.
Watch this video on how coach Chrystal reads food labels and uncovers how healthy or unhealthy certain foods really are!
Here are four tips to help you start lowering your salt (sodium)
1. Know that most of the salt we eat is added into cooked, prepared, or processed foods, not from a salt shaker. A simple rule is that the closer a food is to ready-to-eat, the more salt is in it.
2. Learn to read the Nutrition Facts label so you can compare sodium between your choices. For example, which sandwich bread has the least sodium per slice? Learn more about reading labels.
3. Ask your doctor to recommend a nutritionist, or talk with your Scene nurse about learning more about low-sodium foods and recipes that will work well for your life.