Sodium is a compound found widely in nature and in foods. Many foods contain sodium naturally, but do not taste salty.
One teaspoon of salt contains 2,400 milligrams of sodium - and a low-sodium diet allows 2,000 milligrams a day!
Eating high amounts of sodium can be especially harmful if you have heart failure. When you have heart failure, your heart cannot pump as well as it once did.
Sodium causes your body to retain, or hold, more water. This increases the work of your heart as it pumps blood through your body.
There are a few simple things you can do to reduce the sodium in your diet.
Most Americans consume 4,000 to 6,000 milligrams of sodium a day.
The recommended intake is 2,400 milligrams a day.