Curtis Robinson-NASM Certified Personal Trainer (Fitness and Nutrition)
Salt is something we all have to have to live. That's not me saying how delicous it is, we actually have to have salt for our bodies to function. It's probably no secret that just like everything else the old saying is true "too much of a good thing is a bad thing".
So how much salt is healthy? According to the U.S. F.D.A. "no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about a teaspoon of table salt) " Does that number sound like a lot? Let's try and put it into perspective. 1 can of green beans I just grabbed from the pantry has 330mg of sodium, 1 can of cream of mushroom has 750mg, 1 can of chicken noodle soup has 680mg and 11 nacho cheese flavored chips (that popular kind) has about 210 mg.
As you can see it doesn't take very long before that whole 2,300mg daily goal is completely destroyed especially when eating microwaveable dinners and other processed foods, like packaged sandwich meats. Now you might be asking what the big deal is about salt (as you rub down your steak with the high end steak prep powder that's almost pure sodium.)? Well, leave it to the F.D.A. to give us that answer again. According to the F.D.A.'s website "In many people, salt contributes to high blood pressure. High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease." Alright well, we can all agree that all of those conditions suck and we probably want to avoid them as much as we want to avoid hitting a deer at 65mph..
So if you are one of those people who are like, all personally responsible for your own health and wellness, then just know your necessary micronutrient, "sodium" works best for you when you eat less than 2,300mg a day. Otherwise, that salty flavor that keeps life from being bland might cause some serious problems.