A recent government report supported lowering intake to 2,300 mg per day, but it cast doubt on whether dropping consumption lower than that would be beneficial. In fact, some reports caution that a further reduction could raise the risk of negative health conditions in certain groups.
The American Heart Association recommends stricter limits of 1,500 mg of sodium per day. The AHA reaffirmed that recommendation after the released reports. Current federal guidelines advise the lower limit for anyone older than 50, people with hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, and all African Americans.
Researcher’s say consuming less than 2,300 mg per day could increase the risk of heart attack in some people. It was also stated that “reducing sodium from very high intake levels to moderate levels improves health. But… lowering sodium intake too much may actually increase a person’s risk of some health problems.”
The AHA and other groups vigorously deny claims and voiced concerns that it would derail efforts to limit consumption. “it would be a shame if this report convinced people that salt doesn’t matter.”
Sodium is an essential nutrient, necessary for the balance of water and electrolytes and in the good functions of nerves and muscles. High intake is known to increase the likelihood of high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Americans consume about 3,400 mg per day, on average.
So what is your personal experience with sodium and how is affects your health? Please share!
Angie Bullock says
I seem to be VERY sensitive to sodium; more than the average person. If I am watching my sodium intake and then have something high in sodium for dinner (like chinese or pizza), I can easily gain 5-6 pounds when I get on the scale the next morning. I know it’s just water retention, but that’s crazy! It will then take a few days of drinking around 100 oz of water/day for my weight to return to normal.
So all that being said, sodium is not my friend. 😉
Robert M. says
Reducing sodium intake is one of those numerous health claims that’s been strongly advocated so for many years by the “experts”, that it goes virtually unquestioned. It’s also of the many such claims that I’m quite skeptical of. Here’s a short article that provides some good perspective on the topic: https://masvfitness.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/you-probably-dont-need-to-avoid-sodium/
Anne B. says
I use Celtic sea salt every day (more than 1 tsp.) My holistic M.D. prescribed it. It helps the adrenals and I am hypothyroid. Since seeing this M.D., I feel way better!
Recently, the CDC had to backpedal the salt recommendations: https://www.openmarket.org/2013/07/17/bad-science-cdc-forced-to-reverse-its-recommendations-on-salt/