Don't Be Salty
The average American diet is high in sodium, with the majority of sodium intake coming from processed and restaurant foods. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults.
Unfortunately, the average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium per day, which can lead to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. High sodium intake can also lead to water retention, which can cause swelling and bloating.
However, athletes have a greater need for sodium in their diet because they lose more sodium through sweat during exercise. It is important to note that, while athletes should consume more sodium than the average person, it should still be within healthy limits.
How Can We Reduce Sodium?
Eating a diet that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce your sodium intake. Avoiding processed foods and reading labels when grocery shopping can also help you keep track of your sodium intake.
It's also important to note that many foods that are high in sodium may not taste salty. So, it's important to read nutrition labels carefully and pay attention to serving sizes when trying to reduce your sodium intake.