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i'm curious as to what is considered safe sodium intake?

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Dr. James Cain
Nephrology and Dialysis 36 years experience
It varies: People with congestive heart failure, or hypertension, chronic kidney disease need to be on a low sodium diet, usually 4000 mg or less per day. Other folks need not be so restiricted. High na intake may be required in some heavy perspiration situations. (gatoraid) so that a "safe' dose is not the same for everyone. In what context is your question framed.?

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there benefits of reducing salt intake?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Too much salt: There is a general consensus that the average (us) diet has too much salt. This contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. Try to stick to a maximum of 2-3 grams of salt daily. Even less than that, if you have high blood pressure, heart disease.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Who should limit their sodium intake?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Cardiacs, kidney: Patients with disease related to the heart, blood pressure and kidney disease, have sodium problems and have to carefully watch their intake to assist management of these conditions. Some consider careful management of sodium intake useful for all adults.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Please suggest what foods should I avoid to limit my intake in salt ?

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Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
1500 mg a day: This is for a "low sodium diet". I have a comprehensive article on this here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton.Org/2013/04/diet-for-patients-with-kidney-disease.Html.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

How do you calculate sodium intake for certain age & size of people?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
You don't: 2 grams of sodium is severe restriction. 4 grams of sodium is mild restriction. 6-8 grams is normal. 10 or more is excessive. Since you have no way to measure exactly how much sodium you're eating, there's no point outside of a research lab to try to follow an exact measure of sodium. A good rule of thumb is to avoid adding extra salt at the table if possible and avoid salty foods (like chips).
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me if someone tends to be hypokalemic, should they limit their salt intake?

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Dr. Danny Farahmandian
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: Potassium is a salt. You don't need to restrict anything. You should supplement with potassium rich food or potassium pills if necessary. Consult a doctor to find out why you are hypokalemic.

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