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how much sodium does the average american consume?

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Dr. Jason Cogdill
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Too much: Multiple organizations give different answers for what is a low sodium diet. Most recommend 100 meq/day, which is equal to 2.3g (2300mg) of sodium. Regardless all of them give a number well under the us average intake of 4000mg of sodium. A low sodium diet can be very helpful in the control of high blood pressure and body swelling and long term probably decreases heart attacks and strokes.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

What are symptoms of sodium deficiency?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
None or many: Some people have mild hyponatremia without any problems. But some people can get confused, disoriented, have convulsions have change in behavior and more. Depending how fast or slow the pt. Developed the hyponatremia we have to replace the sodium fast or slow. Fluid intake must be restricted. Intraveonous solutions with sodium could be given in emergencies to replace the sodium faster.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can you be allergic to salt?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: No, salt exists as part of our normal body chemistry so you can't be allergic to it. However, depending on how the salt is processed, you might be sensitive (not allergic) to one of the chemicals used in production.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Why do I crave salt when i'm sick?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Adrenals: Adrenals need salt and minerals during stress.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Restaurants don't have salt free meal so what shall I do?

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Internal Medicine 42 years experience
Cook at Home: Good restaurants will honor your request if you ask low salt or no salt meals. Find those restaurants or cook at home.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How come salt is bad for you?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Sometimes: Salt enhances the tastes of many foods and is a common ingredient in many of them. It leads to fluid retention and heart difficulties in those with hypertension and cardiac disease so many are advised to limit the intake. Your body needs a certain level of salt for ordinary function so it is not all bad.

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