In the United states, an average of people over the age of 51 consume about 3,000 mg of sodium per a day. That number is twice of what the American Heart Association recommends and 30 percent more than the Department of Agriculture dietary guidelines.

Why is this so critical?

High levels of salt intake coincide with raising blood pressure of the aging population. When you consume excess salt, your heart has to put in more effort to pump your blood, which increases pressure on your arteries. In the end, your arteries are affected and stiffen up, causing your blood pressure to rise.

So it’s time to figure out what food to stay away from and what food you should consume instead:

Stay away from breads, pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts, cured meat, soups, burritos, and tacos.
Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and more natural products.

Talk to a medical professional to see if your sodium intake is affecting your bodily functions. Make sure to check on your blood pressure and try to eat a healthier diet. Cosmo Insurance Agency’s carriers offer a wide variety of doctors you can set an affordable appointment with.

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