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The 7 Best Low-Sodium Foods for Heart Health

Sodium is one of the most important nutrients in the body. It maintains fluid balance and helps generate and conduct nerve impulses throughout the body.

To maintain these functions at an optimum level, salt must be consumed daily. According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the recommended daily intake of sodium is about 2,300 mg per day.

However, consuming too much salt is above safe levels. This comes mostly (about 70%) from highly processed and packaged foods rather than foods used for cooking. Diets that contain high levels of salt can increase the risk of heart disease. Symptoms include high blood pressure and stroke.

Cardiovascular research scientist and author salt fix, Dr. James Dinicolatonio says that salt should be present in our diet in sufficient quantities.

For some age groups, such as the elderly and people with chronic cardiovascular disease, the amount of salt that is eaten is less than regularly recommended. They should consume food that has low levels of sodium.

Yogurt and six other low-sodium foods

Incorporating the following seven nutrients into your diet can help maintain an optimal and safe level of salt consumption.

1) Yogurt

Plain yogurt can be a good snack. (Image Via Unsplash/Sara Cervera)Nuts satiate and keep hunger away. (Image Via Unsplash/Towfiqu barbhuiya)Most fruits are low in sodium. (Image Via Unsplash/mk.s)Oats is rich in fiber. (Image Via Unsplash/i aboud)Unprocessed meat has health benefits. (Image Via Unsplash/Jez Timms)Baked potatoes are healthy and tasty. (Image Via Unsplash/Clark Douglas)Milk is a versatile food. (Image Via Unsplash/Anita Jankovic)

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