Sodium Guidelines Mar 18, 2016 | Blood Pressure Sodium Guidelines If you are being treated for high blood pressure or pre hypertension, it is likely your doctor advised you to follow a low-sodium diet. Low-sodium eating plans require careful monitoring of the salt content in meals and, in general, patients should refrain from adding salt to food for flavoring purposes. The use of salt substitutes for flavoring is, in many cases, not advised for patients with high blood pressure either. Low-Sodium Guidelines A low-sodium diet plan is designed to limit your salt intake and prevent unwanted increases in blood pressure. Many patients with hypertension, obesity and heart conditions are advised to follow a low-sodium diet, which typically restricts salt intake to less 1,500 milligrams per day. A physician will typically advise that you select low-sodium foods that contain less than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving, and in some cases very-low-sodium foods, with less than 35 milligrams per serving. Safe Use of Salt Substitutes The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute warns that patients with hypertension should consult their medical provider prior to using salt substitutes to flavor food. Many salt substitutes contain potassium chloride and can be potentially harmful when used by patients with kidney problems or heart disease. Low-sodium diet guidelines and the use of salt substitutes are highly individualized depending on your personal health needs and the underlying causes of your hypertension. Alternatives to Salt Substitutes In general, low-sodium meal planning should be designed to limit salt intake by using alternative flavoring. Patients who tend to use excess sodium may find they have a craving for salt flavor, and this can be controlled by using less salt and avoiding the use of salt substitutes. Eating naturally low-salt foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to enjoy new flavors. You should also experiment with alternative flavorings to dress or accent foods such as fresh herbs, hot sauces and citrus juices or zests. For more information on specific programs to address your blood pressure, contact Dan Prater, ND on 219.613.1161 or via email. Shop Now — At Our Healthy Medicine Shoppe! Ordering is simple with our online dispensary, and the products will be shipped directly to your home or work within a few days. The Fullscript Dispensary includes over 2000 products all USP/GMP and 3rd party tested. No service, information, product available from 21st Century Total Wellness, LLC should be misconstrued as medical advice prescribing, diagnosing,or intervention for any medical condition. All information available from our website, brochures, and other collateral material are offered as educational material for your review.