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What great information!
This was a problem for my dad, who had only one kidney and heart failure. He hated giving up his salt, though. And the Potassium Chloride substitiute has a very bitter taste - very unlike salt. He did the best he could and we did note some improvement in his ankles.
I have taught myself to eliminate salt as much as possible. You will find that after a few weeks, you won't even miss it, and most prepackaged foods (even the low-sodium kinds) taste TOO SALTY! You will also find that food tastes pretty darn good all by itself! Who knew?
Here's a trick I used to help me get over the salt: Put one bite of your salt-less meal in your mouth, chew, roll it around your mouth, feel the texture. Swallow. Wait a few minutes before you take your next bite and you will be surprised at the flavors of the food you can now taste!
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I recently had a problem with my ankles swelling, some of you followed the posts and I thank you for your input and suggestions. What finally solved the problem for me was simply recalling a concept I used to teach, the relationship between sodium and potassium in your cells. Iím a retired Biology teacher, NOT a doctor so this information is from an educational standpoint, not medical advice but I thought it might be helpful to understand a little more about how this part of your body works.
Your body controls the movement of sodium and potassium into and out of your cells by something called the Sodium Potassium Pump. It is very important to your body to keep this balance. Too much sodium can cause conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke or kidney disease. Too much potassium mainly affects your heart causing weakness, irregular heartbeat and even death. The pump moves sodium and potassium in or out of your cells to maintain the needed balance. If the pump isnít working right or if you donít have enough of either sodium or potassium than your cells canít maintain that balance. Itís more common for people to have too much sodium. Water follows salt so water enters your cells and now your ankles swell, or other parts, thatís what edema is. Salt substitute is made from Potassium Chloride, salt is Sodium Chloride. In my case, even though I didnít feel like I was using the salt shaker too much I switched to salt substitute and it didnít take long for the swelling to disappear. Potassium supplements are not recommended unless prescribed by your doctor because it can be life threatening if you get too much and itís pretty easy to get enough from proper diet. Hereís a link from Mayo Clinic that explains that and also has a table of potassium rich foods
Below are some other links with information on this you might find interesting:
Balance Sodium with Potassium for Good Health:
Can Extra Potassium Counter a High Sodium Diet?
Foods that Flush Sodium Out of the Body:
Sodium and Potassium Imbalance and Swelling Ankles:
And, if youíre interested here is a site that explains how the sodium potassium pump works in your body. Na is sodium and K is potassium on the animation:
My name is Carolyn
(Whitney is my last name, I'm a retired high school biology teacher = WHITNEYTEACHER)
I moved to Grants Pass, a small town in Southern Oregon in January, 2014.