The American Heart Association urges all people to limit their daily sodium intake to no more than 1500 milligrams a day. This is especially valuable for people who have had heat attacks, like your mother.
A 1/2 teaspoon of salt is 1200 milligrams of sodium, so it is best to avoid adding any salt to foods.
Use spices and herbs to flavor foods and ditch the saltshaker. You can also lower sodium by reducing the use of processed and packaged foods. These include:
- frozen entrees
- luncheon meats
- canned meat and fish
- processed cheeses
- prepared rice or pasta mixes
- canned soups
- salted snack foods
Also, read labels on pickles, salad dressings, olives, soy sauce and barbecue sauce.