A change to a low-sodium diet can slow the progression of kidney disease by lowering blood pressure, helping blood pressure medications work more effectively and also lowering protein spillage in the urine. Limiting your salt intake can also improve uncomfortable symptoms, such as swelling of the legs and ankles. A low-sodium diet not only is essential if you have kidney disease, but it can reduce your risk of other serious complications, such as stroke, heart failure and aneurysm.
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Why is eating fresh foods important if I need to reduce my salt intake?
If you need to reduce your salt intake, buy fresh foods as often as possible. Typically, fresh fruits, vegetables and meats are low in sodium and healthier for your heart. Also, cooking from scratch can help you reduce your sodium intake while preventing you from eating prepared foods and frozen dinners. Although premade meals are an easier option if you have a busy schedule, the high salt content can make your blood pressure higher and produce more strain on your heart over the years.
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