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Apr 30, 2018 · Feeling Skipped Beats, Palpitations: What could this possibly be? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

There are people with many beliefs here. I would really appreciate no posts that are based on one's religion.

Mar 20, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

No, not wise. I'm simply do my homework. I can't act until I understand the reason, so I check things and learn.

Mar 20, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Lee & Perrins sauce for red beans and rice is the secret ingredient, to me, and you can probably find low-salt or reduced-salt sausage if you think that's the secret ingredient. Try turkey kind, rather than pork? It has added spices. But pork, especially bacon, are just death-wish food if you have heart failure. Ketchup is filled with salt and hides the taste of food. Maybe start going to your local farmer's market every week? This is a great time of year. You'll find beautiful colors, an ever-changing array of fruits and vegetables that have so much more taste than even at produce stands and certainly better than in any stores, plus it's a festive atmosphere and helps support your local farmers.

There are endless videos about low-salt eating and cooking (and probably caretaking, too, since you mentioned that. Most are on YouTube, but there are probably some on Vimeo and longer ones on TEDtalks, too. There are even recipes for low-salt recipes and cooking demos. So: Next reason you can't do this, please? 😉

Congestive Heart Failure and Low-Sodium Diet (5:42)

13 Ways To Successfully Lower Your Salt Intake, by a doctor (5:28)

How to Reduce Your Salt Intake (1:40)

There are even a lot of videos with low-salt recipes and cooking demos:


And here's one on groceries, even:

Mar 16, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I do not like books that create false hope by doctors who are selling supplements or the same book over and over with different titles. Even so, I have found value in all of these, and you can probably find them at your local library:

Mark Hyman, MD's information about eating is sound (except extreme detox diets). Try "Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?"

I mentioned Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, and should have mentioned this book by her: "What to Eat."

These two books have good information, too (the co-author of the second one has a PhD in nutrition, but calls himself Dr. Jonny, and Sinatra is controversial with some people, and he sells supplements — at reasonable prices, though):

"The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up: A Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Stephen Masley (This is one of those titles that I alluded to. Irresponsible. Yet the info is largely helpful. Also, as someone who has written a published book, I can tell you it's the marketing people who choose and push the titles, not usually the author.)

"The Great Cholesterol Myth Now Includes 100 Recipes for Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan that Will" by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra

IMPORTANT disclaimer:
DO NOT change your medication based on information in ANY book without consulting with your doctor or at least getting a second opinion from a physician face-to-face.

Mar 16, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I love, love fresh fruit and vegetables, and eating them when they're in season and taste the best is joyful. There are new ones every month. I appreciate peaches and blueberries and strawberries so much more when I eat the real thing, grown locally, rather than the bland thing shipped thousands of miles off-season. Even the frozen blueberries I put in yogurt or oatmeal are pretty tasteless, even though they are more nutritious than anything that comes in a can or box are already made into something other than what it is naturally.

Also, if you read the books by doctors about what to do to slow the progression of heart diseases or prevent it, they ALL emphasize what Michael Pollen says: "Eat real food. Not too much." Marion Nestle's books are good, too.


Mar 16, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I don't even think of myself as being "on a low-sodium diet." I'm more conscious of not adding salt nor eating really salty things such as potato chips since my heart failure diagnosis last year, but I haven't been salting food more than a teeny bit (occasionally and depending on what kind of food) for at least a decade, probably. There are so many other things that are tastier. Salsa with eggs, for instance. Lemon juice for many green vegetables, rice vinegar for some things. You lost your taste for it after a while. And "salted caramel" and all the emphasis on salted everything and bacon with the oddest things is a disturbing trend that irritates me. It's just the sugar push all over again.

Mar 16, 2018 · How do YOU Cope with Low Sodium Diet? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I rarely ADD salt to anything, and I avoid "prepared" foods. That sounds like the core problem: Packaged foods, which are full of other junk, too. I use lemon juice from FRESH lemons (the kind in plastic isn't good) to season fish and vegetables. I really like it and don't like salty things anymore at all. Cooking and eating "real foods" ends up being far tastier than packaged ones, too — and less costly.

Feb 26, 2018 · On going shortness of breath in Heart & Blood Health

I would definitely ask the company that helps you with the CPAP machine. I have only minor breathing problems but severe sleep apnea. I use hardly any water, although it's useless to say how much because there are different machines with different "reservoirs."