Health and Human Development - High sodium (salt) intake
High sodium (salt) intake
* (high blood pressure) can lead to more serious diseases such as
strokes, coronary heart disease and kidney failure. It is associated with a
high salt intake, though there are many other factors that predispose
towards hypertension, such as genetics, excess weight, obesity, high
alcohol consumption and low levels of physical activity.
* results from an imbalance in the electrolytes that control the
movement of substances into and out of cells. It is recognised as a bloated
appearance in the abdominal area, face, hands and feet. Oedema is commonly
associated with low protein diets, especially in young children in
Reduce the intake of processed foods and salted and cured meats. Avoid
adding sauce to foods and cut back on potato chips and other similarly
salty snack foods. Choose low-salt varieties of bread, margarine and other
foods. Try to lose the acquired taste for salt.
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