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Do you know how much salt you have to eat before it is too much?

You avoid the salt shaker but how do you know if you’re still getting more sodium than you need? Too much sodium in your diet can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

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“Salt or sodium is in everything because it is a cheap preservative and seasoning option available to everyone. When watching your salt intake be sure to check the nutritional labels on foods purchased at the store.  Anything bought at a store that is in a prepackaged can, bag, bottle, or box likely has salt. If your doctor has told you to watch your salt intake, it is hard but would improve your overall health. Diseases such as heart failure, liver failure, and high blood pressure can improve by watching your diet.”

-Codey L. Fontenot, MD, Internal Medicine

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