Sodium causes high retention of water in your body. This can worsen the symptoms of your heart failure. Limiting sodium can help you feel better. That is the importance of a low sodium diet for heart failure patients.
Heart patients must always keep up with their heart healthy diet by avoiding the sodium intake. Fast food and restaurants also tend to be very high in sodium. In order to have a heart healthy diet you can ask your doctor to tell you how much sodium is right for you. For example, less than 2,000 mg a day. This includes all the salt you eat in cooked or packed food.
One of the most important food diets for heart patients is to follow a low salt diet. Sodium plays an important role in maintaining the right volume of blood. When there is too much sodium in the blood, the more fluid will be retained by the body. This extra liquid causes blood volume and blood pressure to rise, placing additional pressure on the heart.
The high sodium diet is also usually high in fat and total calories, which can cause obesity, as well as strain the blood vessels that can cause many related complications.
For those with heart failure, the balance of the liquid is very important and the heart cannot handle additional fluid retention that occurs with a high-salt diet. Taking less than 1,500 mg sodium daily is recommended. Sodium content can be easily identified on the nutritional label of most foods.
The following are some tips that will help you to keep up with the diet for heart patients:
While planning for the best diet for heart patients, a heart healthy diet is just as important. Heart failure patients must never miss out on including fruits, vegetables, grains, healthy fats, and oil in their diet.
Reducing salt is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent heart failure, but it's not the medicine. There may be other causes, bad diet, less exercise, being overweight, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption. Limiting salt intake must be part of the heart healthy lifestyle as a whole that includes regular exercise, a healthy heart diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. That aids in lowering the risk of heart failure for heart patients.
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