Did you know that the American Heart Association has lowered its recommended daily sodium intake from 2,000 mg to 1,500 mg?
It’s because too many of us overuse salt and suffer consequences; 70 million Americans have hypertension.
“Sodium attracts and holds water, and too much of it causes your blood volume to increase, which makes your heart work harder,” says Dr. Matthew DeVane, John Muir Health’s wellness co-director. Depending on your sensitivity, extra sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure. To break the cycle, try these sodium-reducing strategies: