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Cutting Back on Sodium? Make Sure You Avoid the Salty Six

If you’re like most Americans, you’re eating too much sodium — even if you don’t use the salt shaker to add it to your food.

On average, Americans are consuming about 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That’s 50 percent more than the 2,300 milligrams per day that experts recommend.

A high-sodium diet is problematic because it can increase your likelihood of developing high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke –– the two leading causes of death in the United States.

Not the shaker’s fault

If you think that putting down the salt shaker is going to solve your sodium problem, think again, says registered dietitian Lindsay Malone, MS, RD, CSO, LD .

“Most people’s sodium intake comes from packaged and restaurant foods,” Ms. Malone says. “So even though we might think of adding less salt to our food as the most important thing, the most important thing really is getting away from those packaged foods.”

The FDA recently issued draft guidance to the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium content in processed and prepared foods to help reduce average sodium intake.

The recommendations are aimed at companies who make packaged foods sold at the grocery store, as well as restaurant chains.

The new recommendations are a good start, Ms. Malone says. But the No. 1 thing you can do to reduce your sodium intake is to eat whole, minimally processed foods.

Avoid the ‘Salty Six’

If you are really trying hard to cut back on your sodium intake, Ms. Malone says it’s a good idea to stay away from the “Salty Six” — the six foods that are the biggest contributors to the sodium problem in the American diet. They are:

  • Pizza
  • Poultry
  • Deli meats
  • Canned soups
  • Breads and sandwiches

You can still enjoy these foods without the excess sodium, Ms. Malone says. For example, make homemade soup instead of buying the canned stuff or bake a whole chicken instead of getting rotisserie chicken from the deli counter. Or make pizza at home using store-bought dough.

“Any time you cook at home, you have more control over the ingredients,” Ms. Malone says.

If you’re dining out, Ms. Malone suggest choosing simply prepared meals like grilled salmon or chicken with steamed vegetables. Or try a salad with fresh herbs, oil and vinegar. And always, she says, ask for items to be prepared without salt.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/06/cutting-back-sodium-make-sure-avoid-salty-six/

Avoid the ‘Salty Six’

If you are really trying hard to cut back on your sodium intake, Ms. Malone says it’s a good idea to stay away from the “Salty Six” — the six foods that are the biggest contributors to the sodium problem in the American diet. They are:

  • Pizza
  • Poultry
  • Deli meats
  • Canned soups
  • Breads and sandwiches

You can still enjoy these foods without the excess sodium, Ms. Malone says. For example, make homemade soup instead of buying the canned stuff or bake a whole chicken instead of getting rotisserie chicken from the deli counter. Or make pizza at home using store-bought dough.

“Any time you cook at home, you have more control over the ingredients,” Ms. Malone says.

If you’re dining out, Ms. Malone suggest choosing simply prepared meals like grilled salmon or chicken with steamed vegetables. Or try a salad with fresh herbs, oil and vinegar. And always, she says, ask for items to be prepared without salt.

SOURCE: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/06/cutting-back-sodium-make-sure-avoid-salty-six/


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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