Basics to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with CKD (Part I)

Kidney Disease, low-salt, Renal Diet
Basics to Limiting Sodium in the Diet for Individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (Part I) Stephanie Legin, RD, LDN Renal Dietitian Limiting Sodium Sodium is an essential nutrient needed by the human body in relatively small amounts.  It is important for many body processes, such as fluid balance, muscle contraction, maintaining pH balance, and nervous system function; however, diets high in sodium can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.  High blood pressure makes the heart work harder causing the high force of the blood flow to harm arteries and organs.  This can lead to heart attacks, heart failure, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.   Chronic high blood pressure can further damage the kidneys and contribute to the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD).   It is important…
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