Low Sodium Diets are the Way to Go to Be in Good Health
Americans eat too much sodium and too much sodium in the diet can have severe health consequences. As a result, understanding your nutrition needs and the importance of a low sodium diet can help improve your health and lower your risk for chronic diseases.
How much sodium do you need?
The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,500 mg of sodium per day as the adequate intake level for most Americans. They also advise everyone to limit sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day, the tolerable upper limit.
Unfortunately, the average American consumes 3,500 mg of sodium or more a day. This is equivalent to five or more teaspoons of salt, nearly 20 times the recommended intake. Predominately, this high salt intake is attributable to high amounts of sodium hidden in the vast array of processed foods that make up the bulk of American diets. Consequently, the majority of Americans consume much more sodium than is considered healthy.
Understanding the risks
High sodium consumption raises blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, the nation's first and third leading causes of death.
In fact, the ramifications of a high sodium diet include hypertension (high blood pressure) and heart disease. To avoid these conditions, opt for a low sodium diet.
Improving your health with a low sodium diet
A low sodium diet will lower your risk for sodium-related illness. In fact, research shows that when salt intake is reduced, blood pressure begins decreasing for most people within a few days to a few weeks.
Avoiding processed foods in favor of fresh, whole foods (such as fruits and vegetables) and reducing your intake of sodium-rich foods such as breads, cold cuts and salty snacks can also help.
The bistroMD solution
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