- Q How can I make sure I'm getting the right amount of salt?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineYes, your body needs sodium. Salt regulates blood pressure and keeps your muscles and nerves humming. But like Christmas carols crooned by chipmunks, more isn't better. A small percent of people with high blood pressure are extremely salt-sensitive. If... Full Answer
- Q What foods are very limited in sodium?
Christie Korth, Nutrition & DieteticsNaturally, fruits and vegetables are low in sodium as well as other whole foods like grains, nuts, seeds, lean meats and poultry. You can easily avoid excessive sodium consumption by avoiding processed foods like deli meats, cheeses, boxed soups and... Full Answer
- Q How does a high sodium diet affect my blood pressure?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineNumerous studies have found that high consumption of sodium is associated with higher blood pressure in some, and perhaps all, people. The most famous was the Intersalt study, which evaluated sodium consumption in over ten thousand people in fifty-two... Full Answer
- Q What is the importance of reducing my salt intake gradually?
Dr. Dean Ornish, Internal MedicineOne of the advantages of making gradual changes in your salt intake is that your palate will begin to adapt. Even though salt is one of the four basic tastes (salty, sour, bitter, sweet), if you reduce your intake slowly, at first your food may taste as... Full Answer