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Navigating the Salty Seas: A Guide to Reducing Sodium Intake with Lupus

Updated: Apr 18

Ahoy there, amazing lupus warriors!


Let's sail into a topic that often lurks beneath the surface but can have a big impact on our lupus journey – sodium intake. If you've been wondering how to keep the salt monsters at bay, you're in the right place.


Understanding the Sodium Dilemma

Sodium, the sneaky character that hides in our favorite snacks and meals, can be a bit of a troublemaker. For us lupies, managing sodium intake is crucial, especially since it can influence blood pressure and potentially worsen some lupus symptoms.

But fear not, my friends! We're not here to banish flavor from our lives; we're here to find the balance.

Tips to Tame the Salt Monster:

  1. Read Those Labels: Picture this – you're at the grocery store, and you've got two products in hand. How do you decide which one is your ally? Flip them over and read those labels! Opt for items labeled "low sodium" or "sodium-free." It's like having a secret map to navigate the salty seas.

  2. Fresh is Best: Sail away from the processed food islands and head straight for the fresh produce shores. Fruits and veggies are naturally low in sodium and high in all the good stuff your body loves. Fill your plate with a rainbow of colors – nature's way of saying, "I got you!"

  3. Spice It Up, Matey: Who said reducing sodium means sacrificing flavor? Spice is your best friend! Experiment with herbs, spices, and other salt-free seasonings to add a kick to your meals without the extra sodium baggage. Your taste buds will thank you.

  4. Cook at Home: Be the captain of your own kitchen! When you cook at home, you have the power to control what goes into your meals. It's like having your very own culinary ship, navigating towards a healthier, low-sodium harbor.

  5. Rinse and Repeat: Canned goods are convenient, but they can be a trap for sodium. Give your canned treasures a good rinse under cold water before consuming to wash away some of the excess salt. It's a simple yet effective trick!

  6. Choose Wisely in Restaurants: When dining out, don your savvy sailor hat. Choose dishes that are grilled, steamed, or baked, and ask for sauces and dressings on the side. This way, you're the captain of your sodium destiny.

  7. Stay Hydrated: Drink up, but not with a sodium-loaded anchor! Opt for water or herbal teas over sugary drinks or sodas. Hydration is key, and it helps your body flush out excess sodium.





Remember, we're not on a sodium-free voyage – moderation is our compass. Balance and mindful choices will help us sail smoothly through the lupus seas.


So, my lupus mates, let's set sail on the journey to reducing sodium intake. Your body is the ship, and you're the wise captain steering it towards a healthier, flavorful horizon.


Wishing you smooth seas and savory adventures on your low-sodium voyage! The Lupus Dietitian

Need help in making dietary changes, contact me today!



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