Sodium is a mineral that helps regulates the body’s water balance, maintains normal heart rhythm and is responsible for nerve impulse conduction and muscle contraction. Getting too much sodium from food and beverages contributes to high blood pressure in some people because it holds excess fluid in the body, creating an added burden on the heart. Excess sodium can also increase your risk for stroke and heart failure.The American Heart Association recommends choosing and preparing foods with little or no salt.

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