Sodium : Watch-outs!

How much salt should you have each day? 1 teaspoon.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 1500 mg of sodium per day as the Adequate Intake level for most Americans and advises everyone to limit sodium intake to less than 2300 mg per day, the Tolerable Upper Limit. Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. At the same time, consume potassium-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables. However, if you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day and meet the potassium recommendation (4,700 mg/day) with food.

  • You are 51 years of age or older.
  • You are African American.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have chronic kidney disease.

Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States.

References: http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssodium/

Dr Oz says watch out for hidden sources of salt in medicine!

  • Alka-Seltzer :  max is 8 tablets in one day, and that equals 4500 mg of sodium, more than twice the daily recommended amount.
  • Airborne: typical dose of Airborne contains half of the recommended daily allowance of sodium.

Medicines that “fiz” use sodium to dissolve the tablets. Look for Sodium content on product labels.

Also, hidden (and excessive) Sodium intake from processed and restaurant foods contributes to increased rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

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