Heart failure isn’t just a disease. It’s an EXCUSE — and one your doc will use to seize control of your life and suck all of the fun out it.
Think about something you enjoy and picture it. Got it? That’s the thing your doc will demand you stop doing.
Forget visiting the racetrack, because God forbid you so much as sniff some secondhand smoke. Tell your buddies someone else will have to fill your chair at poker night, because your doc claims even a little booze is off limits.
And you don’t even want to look at the menu now. Everyone else can enjoy the good stuff…but you? You’re supposed to eat foods low in fat, low in salt, and low in flavor.
It’s enough to make you want to go on a hunger strike until your options get better.
Fact is, EVERYTHING I just mentioned is perfectly safe for heart failure patients. A day at the races is a day out in the sun — and that’s healthy! Ditto for poker night — a little booze with the boys can actually PROTECT your heart.
And when it comes to your diet, you DON’T have to give up good taste to have a healthy meal — because new research confirms that salt isn’t just “safe” for heart failure patients.
Your doc will claim you need to be on a severely restricted diet with 1,500 mg per day of salt or less, but the new study finds you can enjoy double that amount or more — safely.
Just about everything you’ve been told about salt is wrong. It’s critical to keeping you alive!
In fact, if you cut your intake to less than 2,500 mg per day, your risk of dropping dead from heart problems almost doubles, rising by 85 percent. You’re also more likely to be hospitalized, according to the study published in JACC: Heart Failure.
And let’s not forget the biggest risk of all: A low-salt diet will make you absolutely hate your food, and who wants to live like that?
Not me…and not you!
Can you get too much salt? Sure, some studies have shown that higher intake means higher risk, especially in heart patients — but that’s only if you eat fast foods and processed foods, which are practically made of the stuff. So follow this simple rule of thumb: Eat fresh foods made from scratch, then add salt. You don’t need to measure it, just let your taste buds be your guide.
You won’t just live longer. You’ll live BETTER, too, since you’ll actually get to enjoy your food for a change.