Sodium

Posted on March 10, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Having a diet low in sodium is a common concern for most Americans right now. Nutritionists have come out and warned us of the long term effects, and that we should limit our overall consumption of it. Here’s a basic overview of where we find sodium, how much we should be consuming and the long-term effects from having too much.

Sodium: We hear a lot about it these days, but where exactly do we find it?

We get sodium from salt (regular table salt, sea salt, seasoning salt, onion salt, or garlic salt), soy sauce, and condiments and other sauces. When consuming large amounts of sodium, it is best to drink a lot of water to help flush it out of the kidney’s.

Sodium Intake:

The Daily Recommended Intake (DRI) for sodium

  • 1,500 mg for healthy active young adults
  • 1,300 for those who are 51-70
  • 1,200 for those 70+ years of age.

Because Americans consume an average of 3,000 mg./day (8 grams of salt)  there is a set tolerable upper intake level of 2,300 mg/day

Misconceptions:

Eating too much salt will make you gain weight

–  Eating a lot of salt without proper hydration will actually make you gain water weight rather than fat.

Foods that are high in sodium are only from fast food and convenience meals.

– Although is true that the foods containing the most sodium per serving are usually from fast food restaurants and T.V. dinners, salt added at home (either in cooking, added at the dinner table, or in the form of sauces and condiments) surprisingly contributes to 15% of the total sodium in the U.S. diet.

Long-term Health effects of High Sodium Intake:

Even increasing your sodium intake by small increments can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk hypertension, heart disease, cerebral hemorrhage or hypertension-related sodium.

High Risk Candidates of high blood pressure from sodium:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease
  • African Ethnicity
  • Direct Genetic history in handling sodium
  • Over the age of 50
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I have to say i am one of those people who have to watch their sodium intake …. i can eat salty things for hours and i don’t drink that much water i think i must do better for the future since sodium could hurt my body.


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