For years, we have been scared as a society and limit sodium. What does the research say? An average American consumes close to 3,700 milligrams of sodium each day. If you look at Japan, a country with one of the longest life expectancies, they consume close to 4,650 milligrams of sodium each day and have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to other countries.
Instead of fearing salt and sodium, adopt the Goldilocks Principle based on your circumstances: not too much, not too little, but just right. Research has shown the lowest risk of death for sodium excretion was between 4,000 and 5,990 milligrams per day. Excess sodium excretion of greater than 7,000 milligrams and a deficiency of less than 3,000 milligrams per day were both associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, and death.
Salt recommendations can vary for each person based on age, health conditions, and gender, but an intake between 1.5 and 3.5 teaspoons a day is a good general recommendation for most people. The more active you are, the more you will want to consume since you are losing more of this key electrolyte through your sweat. Adding sea salt to your food is more than enough supplementation for an average healthy person.
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