Sodium is essential for propersalt body functions –it helps balance fluids within the body, it helps transmit nerve impulses and it can influence the contraction and relaxation of muscles.

However, the average American gets about 3,400 mg of sodium a day — much higher than the recommended 2,300 mg. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, kidney disease, and stroke.

Over 75% of dietary sodium comes from processed and prepared foods. Reduce your sodium intake by eating more fresh foods, using other herbs and spices in place of salt in recipes, and choosing products that are labeled “low sodium.”

To learn more about reducing your sodium intake, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website.

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