Balance Your Sodium Intake for Better Health

Foods with Natural Sodium Content

Various health organizations note that it is unhealthy to eat more than 1,500 mg. of sodium per day. Unfortunately, most people eat an average of 3,400 mg. of sodium every single day and many of these same people do not even realize how high their sodium intake is because they either do not read the food labels at the supermarket or don't understand what they really mean.

Foods that are marketed as being "sodium free" may have up to 5 mg of sodium per serving. What is more, foods that are marked as being "low in sodium" may contain up to 140 mg of sodium per serving. Because the term "serving" is defined in different ways by different companies, check the nutrition label to find out just how much sodium is in the product in question.

Most people know that sodium comes from salt and a diet that is rich in salty foods will be rich in sodium. Indeed, it has been estimated that up to 75% of the average person's sodium intake comes from salty foods. At the same time, it is important to note that salty foods are not the only source of sodium. Salt free foods may also contain sodium, so be sure to read the package label carefully to keep unwanted sodium out of your diet.

At the same time, it is wise to not only avoid bad foods but also eat plenty of the right ones. Potassium helps to counteract the damage that sodium causes in the human body and there are plenty of potassium-rich foods to pick from, including bananas, avocados, lentils, cooked beets and potatoes. A balanced, healthy diet will enable you to not only get in shape but also avoid health problems associated with eating too many of the wrong foods and not enough of the right ones.


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