Excess sodium can elevate your blood pressure raising your risk of heart disease and stroke. The USDA recommends no more than 2400 mg of sodium a day. That is only a teaspoon of salt! Most
people consume between 4,000 and 6,000 mg of sodium daily largely from eating so much processed foods and restaurant foods. Reducing your level of sodium intake to 2400 mg. is important for your health, particularly if you already have high blood pressure or if you're overweight. Focus on fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are naturally low in sodium. If you eat processed foods, look for reduced sodium versions.