- Provide a variety of foods with serving sizes that would get close to the AI of 4.7 gms or 4700 mgs., i.e, it is unrealistic to meet potassium needs by eating 6 bananas a day…refer to your text, p. 366, and link to this very comprehensive list of potassium levels in foods (Links to an external site.).
2. (3) Who is most vulnerable to becoming dehydrated and under what circumstances?
- Describe the most effective rehydration strategies when dehydrated.
3. (4) Read this scenario and answer the following questions to explore how blood pressure is related to sodium and potassium intake.
An overweight, sedentary, male in his 50s has just returned from the doctor where he was told to lower his blood pressure because he has hypertension. He eats out often at fast food places and relies on convenience foods for home meals. He does not engage in regular physical activity as he owns his own computer store and works at least 50 hours a week. He asks you for ideas to help him decrease his blood pressure.
- What would his blood pressure have been for this diagnosis (Refer to p. 371- 372)?
- What are his risk factors for hypertension?
- Outline some practical guidelines for change that would help him manage his blood pressure better. (Hint: You should include the DASH diet and you will need to explain this eating pattern. Refer to p. 372 – 373)