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How much salt do I need per day?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Although sodium is a vital mineral for the proper functioning of your body, you don't need to worry about getting enough sodium. Most Americans consume far more than they need. The minimum needed for good health is 116 milligrams (mg) a day, and the average American gets more than 4,000 mg a day. Most reputable medical associations, including the U.S. Surgeon General's Office, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Science's Research Council, and countless experts in the field, suggest that sodium intake should not exceed 2,400 mg (about a teaspoon of salt) a day.
The recommended daily allowance of salt is 2,300 milligrams (mg) or less. This is about 1 teaspoon of table salt. Those with high blood pressure should limit their salt intake to 1,500 mg per day. Remember that many foods and drinks already have added salt.

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