As dialysis patients, we know we should limit the sodium in our diets. Even lower than the federal government’s Recommended Daily Allowance of 2,300 mg.
Reducing our sodium intake provides several health benefits:
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Decreases fluid retention
- Helps control thirst (limiting fluids on a dialysis diet is hard enough without adding high-sodium foods that make you thirsty!)
But how much sodium is in the food we eat? What does 2,300 mg of sodium look like in real-food terms?
Check out the Healthline website page What Does Half of Your DV of Sodium Look Like. You’ll find some helpful illustrations of what half of the RDA for sodium (1,200 mg) looks like on your plate.