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Sodium and potassium levels

Many studies have shown reducing salt in the diet reduces the risk of heart disease.

A new study has shown that it’s the combined affect of reducing sodium and increasing potassium that can reduce the risk of heart disease.

The sodium and potassium study

Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) analyzed data from 2,974 people with pre-hypertension. They examined the relationship between sodium and potassium urine samples and cardiovascular disease over a 10 to 15 year period.

The study showed that every unit increase in the person’s sodium-to-potassium ratio increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 24%.

This means that the study suggests a measurement which looks at the excretion of both sodium and potassium is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease risk than excretion of sodium or potassium alone.

Increasing potassium in the diet

Most processed foods contain less potassium and more sodium than fresh foods. The best way to increase potassium and decrease sodium is to eat more fresh foods.

Foods that are high in potassium include; bananas, cantaloupe, grapefruit, oranges, tomato or prune juice, honeydew melons, prunes, molasses and potatoes.

Fruit salad, Yum!

A high potassium, low salt easy recipe is fruit salad. Cut up into bite size pieces of some; banana, oranges, honeydew melon, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Mix well and eat. The video below may give you some other ideas. Enjoy!

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