Most Americans consume far more sodium (salt) than they need. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day—the amount of sodium in 1 teaspoon of table salt. That number includes sodium from all sources, including prepared or packaged foods.
A diet high in sodium may increase your blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) forces the heart to work harder. This can damage blood vessels and organs—increasing your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke.
People with high blood pressure may be advised by a doctor to limit sodium in their diet even more.
It’s not as hard as you think to cut back on salt! Here are a few easy tips:
Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure. National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Insitute.
Low-Sodium Foods Shopping List. Healthfinder.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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