What to Know About Sodium

August 9th, 2021

Sodium is a nutrient that our body needs in small amounts in order to maintain proper fluid balance and to help our muscles function properly. While this is an important nutrient, the average American gets too much sodium in their daily diet. This can cause many detrimental effects to the body including the retention of too much fluid which leads to feeling of bloating, as well as high blood pressure. There are easy ways to make sure that you aren’t getting too much sodium in your daily diet:  

  • Find other spices and herbs to season food to take the place of adding extra salt
  • Opt for foods that are less processed- an easy tell is if it comes in packaging, then it probably has unnecessary salt
  • Rinse off canned beans and vegetables before using with water
  • Read ingredient labels! Frozen foods and packaged foods tend to have more sodium than we realize. Sodas and sports drinks are also filled with unneeded sodium 
  • Make your own dressings and sauces
  • Try to cook at home instead of eating out too often 
  • The less salt you eat, the less salt your taste buds will become accustomed to which will lead to fewer salt cravings
  • Choose skinless meats instead of deli meats and sausages
  • Look for foods that are “low sodium” or “sodium free”  

By: Cassie Zehenny