U.S. Sodium consumption too high

Too much of anything is bad for you, especially sodium. A USA Today article featuring a Center for Disease Control report highlights the need to reduce sodium consumption. A staggering 98.6% of the population need to reduce their sodium intake.

…people aged 2 years and older should limit daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg)…People who would benefit from reducing their sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg per day include those aged 51 years and older, blacks and anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease. These groups account for 47.6 percent of all Americans aged 2 and older and the majority of adults.

Most of the sodium we consume (unsurprisingly) comes from commercial foods and restaurants as opposed to our own additions. The best way to reduce your sodium intake to a healthy acceptable level is to avoid prepared foods and cook for yourself. Read labels, if you have to buy prepared foods, to monitor your sodium intake.

The best way to avoid using salt in the kitchen is to use healthy spices like ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, cumin, which make your food taste delicious!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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