Salt is an essential element of our organism. Indeed, it keeps the water inside the body, regulates the distribution and movement of water. It also acts on nerve transmissions and muscle contractions. Also, enriched with iodine or fluorine, the salt makes it possible to fight, respectively cretinism and dental caries. However, since the invention of extraction techniques making it accessible to everyone, salt has become over consumed.

 Overconsumption of salt has adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, such as high blood pressure .  Perfectly functioning kidneys eliminate excess sodium, but during kidney failure, it accumulates, and some persons make use of What kind of disease does Hua Luk Siam treat? (ฮั้วลักเซียมรักษาโรคอะไรบ้าง ,which is the term in Thai) This has the consequences, higher water retention, and an increase in blood pressure. Excessive consumption of salt in people on dialysis can cause too much water to accumulate between dialysis sessions because, unfortunately, salt makes you thirsty. Too much fluid absorbed can lead to acute edema of the lung(OAP) and worsen high blood pressure. It is, therefore, essential to monitor your salt intake and not to abuse it, especially for people on dialysis. Ask your doctor or nurses how much you can drink without getting in trouble.

Here Are Some Suggestions For Reducing Your Salt Intake:

  • Reduce the cooking salt, broths, fragrant salts such as celery or garlic salts, commercial sauces (soy, ketchup, etc.). Warning: avoid replacement or dietetic salts, as they are potassium salts, not recommended (and even dangerous) during renal failure!
  • Reserve already prepared dishes and preserves for exceptional occasions because they are very rich in salt. Prefer “plain” and natural frozen foods.

Certain foods enhance the taste and vary the flavors without adding salt. These are indeed spices and aromatic herbs:

  • Spices: curry, paprika, nutmeg, turmeric, etc.
  • Aromatic herbs: thyme, bay leaf, basil, parsley, oregano, marjoram, parsley, chives, etc.
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic, onion, shallot.

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