Sodium Gets the Shakedown for Healthy Living

April 5, 2015 5:02 AM

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Sodium takes a lot of heat for high blood pressure and heart disease and a recent study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives it another shakedown as an indicator of sound diet choices for healthy living. The researchers point out the difficulty of maintaining a low-sodium diet in a culture that relies so heavily on pre-packaged commercial foods. For those who are serious about lowering their sodium intake for medical or personal reasons, controlling the salt content means altering lifestyles to accommodate fresh, home-cooked meals where the cook controls the ingredients and spicing from scratch.

The idea that reduced sodium lowers risk of high blood pressure and therefore, of cardiovascular disease is hardly a new one. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of sodium than others are. However, the body’s natural response to sodium is to retain fluid, which causes an added strain on ...

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