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For one, your kidneys can suffer from too much salt. . Your kidneys play a key role in filtering sodium out of your blood. When they don’t work as well, more salt stays in your body, which can raise your blood pressure. Now you’re in a catch-22. Extra salt can also work against your body to add up to heart disease and strokes.
Most Americans have far more than the 2,300 daily mg of sodium recommended for healthy adults (those with high blood pressure or heart problems should stick to 1,500 mg). Cut back on salt and your blood pressure can drop in a matter of weeks.
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Originally published 9/21/2015; Revised 2019, 2022
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