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How can I reduce my salt intake if I have high blood pressure?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics

To reduce your sodium intake--

  • Use fresh or dried herbs, spices and citrus juices to flavor foods rather than salt
  • Limit the use of processed and prepackaged foods
  • Use fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh meats

 

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Your doctor can tell if your high blood pressure is "sodium-sensitive." A small minority of people are sensitive to sodium. That is, their blood pressure responds to the amount of sodium they ingest. If you think that you are salt-sensitive, you should cut back on foods containing salt. However, if you think that getting rid of the salt shaker will be enough, think again. Most of the sodium we ingest comes from processed packaged foods, not from salt we add ourselves. Everything from soda pop to most breakfast cereals contains high levels of sodium. Learn to be a label reader. To avoid major sodium loads, eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed food.
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