The best person to answer this is your main physician and/or nutritionist. It varies for everyone based upon their health needs.
For myself, I take a double dose of diuretic for an inner ear issue called Meniere's (one reason why I have to watch sodium intake). The diuretic I take has potassium in it, as it keeps the pump in the inner ear working properly. Though I have to watch out for too much potassium as a result of my medication (warns to do so on the medication's side effects), and too much potassium can cause my liver to be toxic (as I have fatty liver disease as a result of taking too much tylenol in my youth). So I have to avoid all no salt substitutes as it would put me too far over the potassium limits. Currently, my bloodwork shows I am in normal limits, whereas prior to taking the diuretics, I was under the normal limits.
As with anything, whether it be vitamins, minerals, supplements, herbs, or whatever....all things in moderation. Too much of one thing or another can creat havoc on the body.
Again, the best thing to do is discuss with your physician as they are aware of your health issues and whether it would be safe to use a salt substitute or not. They may monitor your potassium levels at first to ensure that you do not get too much.
Hope this helps and sorry for the delay in getting to your question.
-Cindy- Member of Living Healthy with Insulin Resistance/Low GI Diet Team
Member of Lowering Salt Intake Team
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It depends on your medical condidtions and health. Some people must avoid the low/now salt subs because they need to avoid excessive potassium. I take water pills (diaretics) which depletes potassium so I need to replace it somehow.
Do you have an nutritionist? This would be a good question for him/her.
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