Reader question: I was going to order the one pot meal book, but my husband was diagnosed with kidney disease. Do you think some of recipes would be ok for him, just not add salt? I was at the NMO meeting in L.A. and heard you speak. ~Anita D., Mobile, Alabama
Hi Anita! Thank you so much for writing. Of course, one of the best features of Glorious One-Pot Meals is that you only put in what you want to put in, and you leave out whatever is undesirable for you. If your husband’s doctor has put him on a restricted sodium intake and you wish to prepare your GOPMs without salt, go for it.
Salt can be added to each serving after the food is cooked without sacrificing its flavor-enhancing properties, giving you a lot more control over the amount of salt each diner eats.
That said, if you use sea salt instead of mined table salt, he may be able to still enjoy the flavor-enhancing and health-giving properties of salt without suffering the water-retention effects.
To avoid excess sodium it is better to eat home-cooked meals than restaurant or prepared meals, so you are on the right track to safeguard his health!
I loved reading Dr. Christiane Northrup’s post on the importance of getting enough magnesium in your body.
She points out that while most doctors recommend women get more calcium in their body to keep their bones strong, they neglect to mention that without magnesium the calcium won’t be absorbed.
A magnesium deficiency might look like constipation, infertility, migraines, muscle cramps, or a whole host of other signs and symptoms.
Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., author of The Magnesium Miracle (Ballantine Books, 2007), reports that these (and other) conditions are also associated with magnesium deficiency: blood clots, bowel disease, cystitis, depression, detoxification, diabetes, fatigue, hypoglycemia, insomnia, kidney disease, kidney stones, musculoskeletal conditions, osteoporosis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and even tooth decay. Dr. Dean also reports that she’s seen magnesium improve patients’ PMS, painful periods, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia. She’s also seen it increase their sexual pleasure!
My favorite ways to supplement magnesium include snacking on nuts and adding Epsom Salts to the bathtub to absorb it through the skin.