The Risks of a High Sodium Diet

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Sodium is a mineral that is imperative to our body in order for it to function properly. When we consume too much, however, it can cause serious health concerns. We may think our food tastes better with a little added salt, but along with that delicious dinner comes several risks to your overall health and wellness.

A high sodium diet is especially dangerous for aging adults because they are more susceptible the dangers that this mineral can cause if consumed in excess. Naples Home Care Assistance provides the major problems that that a high sodium diet can trigger:

  • High Blood Pressure – A high intake of sodium causes the body to retain water. This causes a rise in blood pressure, which can further complications to the brain, arteries, heart and kidneys.
  • Kidney Failure – Overloading your body with sodium can cause the kidneys to work overtime by trying to eliminate what your body can’t use. Over a period, this can lead to kidney stones, improper kidney function, or total failure of the kidneys.
  • Breathing Difficulties – Excessive sodium can cause a buildup of fluid in your lungs. This may lead breathing difficulties which can make staying active and completing daily tasks difficult and can also result in respiratory complications, respiratory failure, or in extreme cases, death.

To avoid the above and other health complications, it is important that seniors modify their eating style as they age. Seniors and their caregivers need to become aware of which foods to avoid and which foods to consume more frequently. For instance, sodium can sneak into your diet by way of processed foods, salad dressings and even some condiments. Instead of opting for these items, enjoy flavorful food by incorporating fresh herbs and spices or fruit juice into recipes. Seniors may also want add more fresh vegetables, lean meats and fruits since these are naturally low in sodium.

At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we don’t think that seniors should have to settle for boring foods just because they are reducing sodium in their diets. Each plan of care created at Home Care Assistance utilizes our revolutionary Balanced Care Method™ which includes nutritious and balanced meals to ensure that seniors are enjoying the nutrition they need today for a healthier tomorrow. For more information about our approach to care or to learn more about our specialty services including dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s home care in Naples, contact a Care Manager at 239-449-4701 and schedule a free, in-home consultation.

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