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Low Sodium Diet

Sodium is a mineral in many foods, most often in salt, and according to The American Heart Association, no more than 1,500 mg of it should be consumed in a day. Salt is added to food for various reasons, ranging from flavor to keeping foods moist, and is even used as a preservative.

Salted foods may put you at a higher risk for heart disease and high blood pressure. The best way to prevent these possible health problems is to eat a low sodium diet. Some health benefits to decreasing salt in your diet include: preventing heart failure, reducing the risk of kidney damage, reducing the risk of diabetes, preventing a stroke, protecting your vision, improving memory, and minimizing the risk of dementia.

Cutting back on adding salt to your meals is one of the best ways to stop craving salty foods, and it can even increase your energy throughout the day. Satisfy your body’s need for energy by fueling up on nutritious, unprocessed foods, such as: a fruit salad, celery sticks and hummus, unsalted trail mix, banana and almond butter, snow peas, low sodium tuna, and a fresh smoothie made with milk, greens, and fruit.