Looking after ourselves:
Salt: Too high a salt intake can lead to higher blood pressure and can help retain extra water in our bodies.
This could result in starting dialysis earlier, having more cardiovascular problems, and shortening life expectancy.
When a fluid restriction is needed, as it often is on dialysis, it can be much harder to stick to it if the food eaten has too much hidden salt. Salt demands fluid. It can be depressing battling daily with a fluid restriction that is too hard to keep to. Cutting down on the salt can make it easier.
It's no good us thinking that because we don't cook with salt or add it at the table that we are doing OK with salt! Most of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, and a lot of these foods are classed as healthy e.g. all bran and wholemeal bread.
After 3 months with reduced salt most people get used to it.
Follow these links
for understanding salt in food.
(NB. 6g of salt equals one teaspoonful of salt - our daily max - but we have to take into account the salt hidden in the foods we buy as well.)
To contact our Norwich renal dietitians - call: (01603) 287011