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    Old 11-29-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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    Dealing with sodium levels

    When I was getting set up for my first diets way back in the 70s, the doctor said if you lay off table salt, you'll be just fine with sodium. I hung onto that advice and didn't really notice how much sodium there is in packaged foods.

    Then, as the economy got crappy, I noticed how cheap and yummy ramen is.

    Earlier this year, I noticed that walking was getting more physically difficult and much more exhausting, to the point where a stranger stopped driving and offered me a ride.

    I figure that was it for me but I finally googled the symptoms and found out it was probably excess sodium in my diet causing circulation problems. I cut out the ramen and soy sauce and started drinking more water. For good measure, I also adopted green tea and fish oil supplements. The problem went away in two days.

    Then, I read that for guys over 50, you need to keep your daily sodium intake to around 1500 mg a day. Reading labels, I found that packaged food has an awful lot of sodium in it. I can't afford going to Whole Foods every day for fresh fixings and veggies. Is there any way to minimize the sodium levels if your food already has lots of sodium. Is it as simple as just drinking more water? Any advice is appreciated.

     
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