Q:

Any time I eat foods containing salt my BP skyrockets and yet when I avoid salt I get leg cramps. What should I do?

A:

Moderation is the key. I would avoid eating foods high in salt unless it was a very hot day and I had been digging ditches or participating is some other strenuous activity. The current recommendation for daily salt intake is 2,300mg a day or 1,500mg a day if you are over age 51.

2,300 mg is equal to one teaspoon of salt a day. Granted Chinese food is not as tasty without the soy sauce but many restaurants will hold the soy if you ask.

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