Two things you need to know about sodium | downtown-houston

Posted on January 9, 2013

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Good nutrition helps us live better no matter what our age.

Good nutrition helps us live better no matter what our age.

Two things you need to know about sodium

Good nutrition helps us live better no matter what our age.

The first thing you need to know about sodium is that Heart Failure patients should to monitor their sodium intake closely.  For a Heart Failure patient high sodium can mean a trip to the hospital.

In today’s world monitoring sodium can be tricky, but BrightStar’s Clinical Pathways program is designed to help.  This program is evidence-based and focused on reducing hospital readmissions for our clients.  For a Heart Failure patient sodium intake can be a critical part the plan.

You can easily tick off a list of salty, sodium-rich foods: potato chips, popcorn, hot dogs, pizza, pickles, and more. But there are plenty of high-sodium foods you probably aren’t aware of. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Americans get almost one-third of their sodium from breads and rolls, chicken and chicken dishes, pizza, egg dishes, and pasta dishes. That’s partly because these foods contain added salt and partly because we eat them so often. Here’s another staggering number: up to 80% of the salt in your food was put there by someone other than you.

The current recommendation for daily sodium intake is 2,300 milligrams, according to the Mayo Clinic website, but it may be as little as 1,500 milligrams in some cases.  It is important for you to work with your doctor to understand what your requirements may be.

And the second thing you need to know about sodium?  Oh yes, I almost forgot.  Sodium levels that are either too high or too low can cause memory problems in older adults.

If you would like to know how BrightStar can help you stay healthy and out of the hospital give us a call at 832,730.1255.

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