Heart Damage due to Alcoholism Low Sodium Diet
A person with alcoholic cardiomyopathy may benefit from a low sodium diet.
Increased salt leads to fluid retention and subsequent heart failure in some people with heart disease. Many heart patients will benefit by placement on a diet, which limits their sodium intake to no more than 2 grams of sodium per day. In some cases, restricting fluid intake can also be beneficial.
Tips on how to reduce your salt consumption:
- Airlines will provide low sodium meals with a 24-hour notice.
- Avoid eating fast foods.
- Become compulsory label reader and purchase products that are low in salt.
- Limit and eventually stop using salt and high sodium seasonings in cooking. Experiment with alternative flavorings such as herbs, spices, fruit juices, vinegar, and wines.
- Limit and reduce your consumption of salty foods such as pickles, cured meats, salted snacks, and canned soups. Use more fresh products.
- Look into the wide variety of unsalted food products that are currently on the market.
- Reduce the amount of high sodium seasonings you use. These include soy sauce, steak sauce, garlic and onion salt, and monosodium glutamate.
- Reduce the amount of salt you use at the table. Start by cutting the amount you add in half, and eventually remove the saltshaker from the table. Remember, 1 teaspoon of salt equals approximately 2000 mg of sodium.
- When you are eating out, ask that you order be prepared without added salt.
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