Miniblog: Sodium

May 10, 2013

Sodium is delicious. It’s flavorful, aides in food preservation, and is readily found in many of our foods. The typical American diet is laden with sodium. Unfortunately, excessive sodium can also vastly increase your risk for heart disease, obesity, and stroke. It can raise blood pressure and cause water retention, both factors in the increased rate of coronary complications. In addition, it can increase your risk of ocular complications including vision loss. It is advisable to reduce sodium consumption, limiting it to no more than 1500mg daily for adults with diagnosed heart conditions and 2300mg for otherwise healthy adults.