The Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation


Why the Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation?

Use the Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation to assess your client’s intake of sodium from foods and other sources. This is the first and only tool to help you assess your client’s current total sodium intake to see whether your client needs to consider making dietary changes to improve blood pressure, heart health and more.

The Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation Goes Hand in Hand with the Better Nutrition Potassium Evaluation.

Keep in mind the body needs about half as much sodium as potassium, so it is important to do both evaluations with your client to create your client’s better sodium and potassium nutrition plan for better health.

Invite your client to take both assessments and share the results with you so that you can make better, personalized, total nutrition recommendations. If you are a healthcare provider, get permission to share the results with the other members of your client’s healthcare team.

Did you know that you can seamlessly use these tools with your Practice Better, Healthie and other EHR accounts? For an example, Learn how to Practice Better Nutrition in this post.


How does the Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation help your client make better choices?

The Better Nutrition Sodium Evaluation helps you assess if your client’s current nutrition gives his/her your body enough or too much sodium. Both plant and animal foods provide sodium that your body can use. But packaged foods and restaurant foods may provide more sodium than the body needs daily. Use this tool to assess your client’s intake using specific, guided questions. Their results help you make better, personalized, total nutrition recommendations.

Your client is likely asking you about sodium limits.

Sodium ‘limits’ depends on many factors; the better nutrition sodium evaluation helps you assess the amount your clients are currently taking in so that you can provide suggestions for better choices. The body needs twice as much potassium as sodium; use The Better Nutrition Potassium Evaluation and read this to guide your client in getting enough potassium.

Is sea salt better or the same as salt and sodium in packaged foods?

It can be. Learn more here.

Are sodium replacements better for the body?

Maybe. It will depend on the results of your client’s assessment and the quality of the sodium replacements. Many replacements are made of ingredients that do not help the body run better. Thus, the quality of replacements will greatly affect their health benefit. The better nutrition sodium evaluation provides better low sodium and sodium replacement suggestions.

Should I use this tool with my client who is an athlete?

Athletes need better total nutrition to improve their performance – both in life and sport – so use this tool too.