Eat Less Salt

Our bodies need a certain amount of salt to maintain the balances of fluid and muscle movements and contractions.  But high levels of sodium can elevate blood pressure-damaging the body’s circulatory system.  The 2010 update of the Dietary Guidelines recommends adults limit their daily intake to less than 2,300mg, the equivalent of just 1 teaspoon of salt. The limit for those at risk of high blood pressure—African-Americans, people with hypertension, and anyone over the age of 51—was lowered to 1,500mg.  So challenge yourself to be more aware of the amount of salt you intake.  Try experimenting with other spices and flavorings that are lower in sodium as well.

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