Watch It, It’s Easy to Have Take in Too Much Sodium
The body needs only a small amount of sodium (less than 500 milligrams per day) to function properly. The amount in less than ¼ teaspoon. Healthy kidneys are great at retaining the sodium that your body needs. Keeping sodium in check is part of following an overall healthy eating pattern. The American Heart Association diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based protein, lean animal protein and fish. Replace processed meats, refined carbohydrates and sweetened beverages with healthier options. . . . The guideline to reduce to 1,500 mg doesn’t apply to people who lose big amounts of sodium in sweat, like competitive athletes, and workers exposed to major heat stress, such as foundry workers and fire fighters, or to those directed otherwise by their healthcare provider.