PART 7 – TALKING ABOUT ‘SODIUM & POTASSIUM’……

By William for wheezingaway.com

(ALWAYS REMEMBER – A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can. – William)

As I continue my own walk-through life with a chronic illness, I will continue working with the belief that those who have a constant battle with any chronic illness should always have the mindset that educating themselves about their chronic illness and/or disability and all that goes with it – will never end!

For me, the battle I have are with severe Asthma, Stage III COPD, Fatigue, and a chronic heart condition. Each of these battles provide a need for different ranges of reading and educating so that I will know what my battle is and how those battles may play out in my life depending on the knowledge and skill level that I design to fight or work with each of these chronic illness situations.

Writing my blogs for wheezingaway.com, I always try to keep the mindset of wanting to help educate both myself and others with every word that I may write.

My on-going series of blogs called ‘Reflections’, is one which I continue to try and share materials which may help or benefit others in the daily battles with whatever chronic illness and/or disability they may be walking with in their life travels.

TODAY, we present you with part seven of a 10-part series referencing the importance of ‘NUTRITION’.

The discussion we will have today is about ‘SODIUM & POTASSIUM’.

‘Nutrition’ is vitally important for any person with any type of Chronic Illness and especially so if you are fighting COPD and/or Asthma because having a proper diet can and will go a long way in protecting and helping with the lung function needed for breathing.

Many of those with a chronic illness and in particular those of you who may have any heart issues, will be told to really watch their sodium intake.

Speaking of sodium, here is a not I read once on the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website that has stuck with me – “Salt is not the same as sodium. The term ‘salt’ refers to sodium chloride. ‘SODIUM’ refers to dietary sodium. REMEMBER – 1 gram of salt (sodium chloride) equals 390 milligrams of sodium!

There is a strong relationship between consuming too much sodium and having higher blood pressure (something which many with a variety of chronic illnesses also battle) and that means that on average, the more sodium an individual consumes, the higher their blood pressure will be.

While increasing potassium intake can decrease blood pressure, especially with those individuals battling hypertension.

REASONS WHY SODIUM AND POTASSIUM ARE IMPORTANT:

  • Medical studies say that the amounts of sodium and potassium in your body need to be in perfect balance for your metabolism and your cells to function properly.
  • Your kidneys help maintain this balance and use the combination of these two minerals to filter out the correct amount of fluid from your body.
  • The two electrolyte minerals (sodium and potassium) will also work in tandem to ensure that an individual’s muscles contract properly and nerve impulses are transmitted correctly through the body.
  • Overall, when sodium works with potassium at those times that an individuals body has the right amount of both.
  • Having too much of either sodium or potassium can/or may lead to a variety of health issues including trouble breathing, weakness of the muscles, an irregular heartbeat and nausea.

DEALING WITH SODIUM:

  • Try to consume less than 1 teaspoon or 2,300 mg. of sodium per day.
  • Make your diet SALT-LESS except what is already in many, if not most, processed foods.
  • Consuming high amounts of sodium along with low amounts of potassium can increase a person’s risk for heart disease and/or strokes.
  • Limiting the amount of sodium in an individuals diet can be difficult and will require one to consistently read the ingredient labels of the foods that they will be eating.
  • Prepare foods with little salt and consider finding alternatives for salt in recipes, such as using seasonings from the collection of Mrs. Dash seasonings and marinades.
  • Remember that salt found in saltshakers will be made up of sodium and chloride.
  • Remember that excess salt can even make it more difficult to have an efficient kidney.
  • Watching an individuals sodium intake daily is vitally important especially if you have problems like high blood pressure, heart issues and/or may be taking any kind of steroids.

DEALING WITH POTASSIUM:

  • With potassium, they claim an individual should be getting around 4,700 mg. per day within their diet.
  • To prepare a food diet rich in potassium, an individual should include lots of fruits and vegetables such as avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, beets, potatoes, white beans, and yogurt.
  • Increasing potassium within your daily diet can help control hypertension and lower ones risk of cardiovascular disease and even death.

We will continue our series on ‘NUTRITION’ with three more postings as we always need to have as much information as possible about the how’s and why’s of what we eat and how they can directly affect an individual’s effort to battle whatever Chronic Illness they may be battling.

PLEASE NOTE & REMEMBER – that most diets/nutritional ideas will only work on what an individual’s nutritional and physical needs may be as well as the strength of the ‘I want to get better’ attitude found within one’s own mind, heart and soul.

TODAY’S REFLECTION QUESTION:

  • WHAT DO YOU DO TO CONTROL THE SODIUM INTAKE WHILE INCREASING THE POTASSIUM USE OF YOUR DAILY/WEEKLY DIET?

We look forward to hearing your response and/or feedback to our ‘Reflection Question’. If you would like to reflect your response to others, please leave a comment under the comment section of our posting at www.wheezingaway.com. Thanx.

Hopefully, many of you folks will end up pulling from some of these nutritional and diet discussions while finding something that may work for yourself and your battles.

What one will get out of this series will largely depend on what your individual, nutritional, and physical needs may be in your battles.

SOMETHING WE ALWAYS STRESS – If you have a chronic illness and/or disease, then you must always stay attuned and alert to any and all new or previous knowledge that will offer any glimpses of hope and faith of getting through one’s own battles with that chronic illness and/or disease.

AS ALWAYS (Because I fight COPD) – If you or anyone you know may have any symptoms involving lung and breathing issues or functionality, and those symptoms linger over and over while disrupting your daily living, then please start asking questions and get it checked out with your regular physician or a pulmonologist!

With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing.

SHALOM.

NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of living with a chronic illness and/or disease, and in no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about what we have posted, then ask your physician and/or medical specialist about it.

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