Question:

How much sodium intake should a healthy adult have daily?

Salt/Sodium Intake

Sodium intake can affect your body's blood pressure. Often times, people who have a high sodium intake develop high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart disease.

It is important to watch your sodium intake. The American Heart Association recommends that adults who are healthy take in no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. This measures out to be approximately one teaspoon of salt a day.

To reduce sodium in your diet, you can make some simple lifestyle choices. Eat fresh vegetables. If you can't choose fresh vegetables then choose frozen or canned vegetables that have no salt added. By simply choosing some easy changes, you can lower your risk of heart disease!

When using broths for cooking, choose unsalted or low-sodium broths. Regular broths are often loaded with sodium. The lower-sodium broths often have the same great flavor without all the unhealthy sodium.

When choosing dairy products, choose low-fat versions of milk, cheese, and yogurt. Cheese is also available in lower sodium versions. You can still enjoy your dairy, without all the extra sodium.

When cooking or baking try not using salt for flavor. Instead add delicious flavor by using spices or herbs. If you must use sodium-based spices, look for low-sodium versions of your favorites. They may cost a bit more, but are much better for you!

Heart Disease Frequently Asked Questions

Who is at risk for heart disease?

Why is the elderly at risk for heart disease?

Who is at more risk for heart disease? Men or women?

Why does heredity put a person at risk of heart disease?

Why are people of a certain race at risk for heart disease?

Why does smoking contribute to heart disease?

How does cholesterol contribute to heart disease?

How can high blood pressure contribute to heart disease?

How does body weight contribute to heart disease?

How can not exercising and eating poorly contribute to heart disease?

What is heart disease?

What is coronary artery disease?

What is congestive heart failure?

What is a heart arrhythmia?

What is cardiomyopathy?

How many women will die of a heart attack this year alone?

How many men died of heart disease in 2002?

How many Hispanic men and African American men have heart disease?

What is the number one cause of death in African American and Hispanic females?

Which countries have the lowest rate of heart disease?

What should people eat for a heart healthy diet?

How much saturated fat should be in vegetable oil or margarine?

How much fiber should adults have daily?

How much sodium intake should a healthy adult have daily?

What are some recommended diet and recipe books for those with heart disease?

How can risk factor screening help prevent heart disease?

Aspirin can reduce your risk of heart disease by how much?

How can educating yourself help prevent heart disease?

What interventions should one take if they are determined to be high risk for heart disease?

What can one drink a day help do?

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

How can I prevent getting heart disease?

How many people have heart disease?

What is fiber's effect on heart disease risk?

What are nuts effect on cholesterol levels?

What is the diet for heart disease?

What is the waist-to-hip ratio?

When will my doctor recommend cholesterol medication?

What is the metabolic syndrome?





Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Heart Disease Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Candi Wingate