Get Heart-Healthy: Simplify Low Sodium Diets For Seniors With In-Home Care

Get Heart-Healthy: Simplify Low Sodium Diets For Seniors With In-Home Care

Low-sodium diets are recommended for a large percentage of the senior population, and with the help of our in-home care teams, implementing healthy eating plans is as easy as asking.

Read on to find out how our in-home care services make it easy to implement healthy lifestyle changes and behaviors, or call (586)-690-7500 to speak directly with an in-home care coordinator in Clinton Township, MI.

Get Heart-Healthy: FDA Recommends Low Sodium Diets For Seniors

Although salt is an essential nutrient that fuels importantly bodily functions, too much sodium can be bad for your health. And according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 9 in 10 Americans are getting too much sodium from their diets—around 3400 milligrams per day, or nearly twice the daily recommended intake.

Research by the American Heart Association links high-sodium diets with a variety of adverse health effects, including kidney damage, hypertension, and high blood pressure, which is known as the “silent killer” and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

For seniors, the risks of high-sodium diets rise even higher, particularly if your loved ones are already living with heart conditions or kidney damage.

In light of these risks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued new guidance for restaurants and food manufacturers to voluntarily reduce the amount of salt they add to food. They have also released dietary guidelines for seniors, recommending that they limit daily sodium intake to 2300 milligrams or less.

If you’re interested in reducing your loved one’s salt intake, our in-home care teams can help.

Effortlessly Implement Low-Sodium Diets With In-Home Care Services

To help your loved ones reap the rewards of low-sodium diets without any of the work, all you have to do is ask. As part of your regular care plan, our in-home care teams can:

  • Schedule consultations with nutritionists or diet talks with your doctor
  • Choose packaged foods labeled “low sodium” or “no salt added” when possible
  • Purchase fresh poultry, fish, port, and lean meats, rather than cured, salted, and processed options
  • Find low or no-sodium recipes to add to the weekly menu
  • Increase potassium intake to offset the risks of high sodium levels
  • Monitor seniors salt intake and serving sizes
  • Use the FDA’s Daily Value (%DV) tool—generally speaking, 5% DV or less of sodium per serving is considered low-sodium, while 20% or more is considered high
  • Prepare fresh meals with low-sodium seasonings
  • Cook rice, pasta, beans, and meats from their most basic forms (dry and fresh)
  • Limit the use of premade sauces, mixes, and instant products
  • Stock the house with low-sodium snack foods as alternatives to salty, savory snacks (chips, crackers, etc)
  • Request nutritional information for your loved ones when dining out to help them find lower-sodium options
  • Request that no salt be added to your loved ones’ meals when ordering
  • Encourage seniors to split takeout meals into multiple portions or share with friends and family
  • Help increase seniors’ water intake to offset the risks of high-sodium diets
  • Promote daily exercise to sweat out excess sodium
  • Keep takeout and fast food to an occasional treat, rather than a dietary staple, and more!

Book A Free In-Home Care Consultation In Clinton Township, MI

To learn more about how our in-home care teams support seniors’ healthy lifestyle changes, call (586)-690-7500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation in Clinton Township, MI.

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