An average person who forms stones eats about 5,000mg of sodium per day, excess sodium is difficult to absorb by the body. The body absorbs calcium from bones and fluid from the body, in which case calcium will then become part of your urine and increase the risk of stones. Be mindful of the amount of sodium you use per day, along with the fact that each food-type is not the same for all food types. Commonly, a serving is equal to half a cup.
Our total intake of sodium does not fully come from the salt shaker, instead it 75% comes from processed and prepared food. Bread, snacks and canned foods are all made with a lot of sodium. Kidney stones can be fought by eating less salty food. Try to limit sodium to 2,300 mg per day(which amounts to 1 teaspoon of salt).
Low salt can also improve your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. A low-sodium diet could be troublesome for about 2 to 3 weeks, but later the body will enjoy it.
Foods to Enjoy
- Herbs and spices instead of salt. Garlic, ginger, cumin, lemon or herbs are good for health.
- Frozen vegetables labelled “freshly frozen” with no added seasoning
Foods to Limit
- Pre Packed meals
- Processed foods: low sodium crackers, soups, broth and canned goods.
- Fast food
- Standard restaurant meals- taking healthy adjustments.
- Add-ons like ketchup and salad dressing, which are often high on sugar.
Home-cooked meals, fresh fruits and vegetables are best to eat as you can be sure of low sodium in them.
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