Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake


Reduce Sodium

According to the American Heart Association, 1,500 milligrams of sodium is the ideal daily goal for Americans with high blood pressure. Everyone else should aim for less than 2,300 milligrams a day, which is equivalent to about 1 teaspoon of salt.

 

Sodium, specifically salt, is known for attracting water to your body and your body tends to hold that water in places you probably don’t want it to. Extra sodium attracts water into the circulatory system, putting more pressure on your blood vessels and raising your blood pressure.

 

Sodium sneaks into many of the foods we eat every day. It’s commonly found in salted snacks, frozen pizza and a variety of canned foods. The body does need sodium to help your muscles function and help regulate the balance of fluids in your tissues, but only in small amounts. If you consume too much sodium then your kidneys can’t flush out what your body doesn’t need and this can lead to a disruption in your fluid balance and potentially result in more harmful and long term problems.

 

Here are a few simple tips to help lower your daily sodium intake:

  • Choose low-sodium dairy

  • Buy fresh instead of frozen

  • Stay hydrated with water (if you feel that you are consuming too much sodium, drinking more water will help flush out the excess)

  • Season foods with healthy spices instead of salt

  • Stay away from fast food and salty snacks

 

For more information on how to incorporate a low-sodium diet into your lifestyle, call or stop by the Metabolic Research Center nearest you. There is no better time to start than right now!

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