Sodium is a mineral found in many foods, usually as sodium chloride. It helps to regulate your body's fluid balance.
Many of us eat about 3,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium every day. Almost one-fourth of that comes naturally in our food. The rest is added at the table with the saltshaker or is added when foods are processed.
All of us should be aware of the amount of salt in our diet. It is very important for those of us that have heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, liver failure, or long-term steroid use. Most people with kidney disease should limit sodium intake to less than 2000mg per day.
Following a low sodium diet will help you:
How can I lower the salt in my diet without losing flavor?
Tips to cut major sources of salt from your diet:
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