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How to tame
your salt habit
Sodium:
FIND OUT HOW MUCH SODIUM
YOU REALLY NEED, WHAT
HIGH-SODIUM FOODS TO
AVOID, AND WAYS TO PREPARE
AND SERVE FOODS WITHOUT
ADDING SODIUM.
If you’re like many people, you’re getting far
more sodium than is recommended, and that
could lead to serious health problems.
You probably aren’t even aware of just how
much sodium is in your diet. Consider that
a single teaspoon of table salt, which is a
combination of sodium and chloride, has
2,325 milligrams (mg) of sodium. And it’s not
just table salt you have to worry about. Many
processed and prepared foods contain sodium.
See how sodium sneaks into your diet and
ways you can shake the habit.
Sodium: Essential
in small amounts
Your body needs some sodium to function
properly because it:
• Helps maintain the right balance of fluids
in your body
• Helps transmit nerve impulses
• Influences the contraction and relaxation
of muscles
Your kidneys naturally balance the amount of
sodium stored in your body for optimal health.
When your body sodium is low, your kidneys
essentially hold on to the sodium. When body
sodium is high, your kidneys excrete the excess
in urine.
But if for some reason your kidneys can’t
eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts
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