A Little Less Salt = A Little Longer Life?

The CDC recommends that salt intake should not exceed 1500 - 2300mg/day, yet most Americans consume on average about 4000 mg/day. That’s a lot of salt and it’s harmful to us. It puts us at risk for high blood pressure and possible kidney related conditions. Consuming a “whole” diet that is limited in processed foods can help you decrease your salt consumption because processed (and restaurant foods) are the worst culprit. Instead of loading on the salt, use herbs that not only provide flavor, but may also fight inflammation. High blood pressure is the silent killer; cut your salt NOW and possibly avoid being another statistic.

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The CDC recommends that salt intake should not exceed 1500 - 2300mg/day, yet most Americans consume on average about 4000 mg/day.  That’s a lot of salt and it’s harmful to us. It puts us at risk for high blood pressure and possible kidney related conditions. Consuming a “whole” diet that is limited in processed foods can help you decrease your salt consumption because processed (and restaurant foods) are the worst culprit. Instead of loading on the salt, use herbs that not only provide flavor, but may also fight inflammation. High blood pressure is the silent killer; cut your salt NOW and possibly avoid being another statistic.

Blog written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program. Kristin has...