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If you’re fighting high blood pressure, limiting sodium intake is recommended. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, a low-sodium diet may decrease your risk of future blood pressure problems and heart disease. Because your taste for salt is acquired, it is also reversible. Here are some tips to reduce your sodium intake:

1. Include more fresh fruits and veggies in your diet and cut down on processed foods. Fresh produce is naturally low in sodium and high in potassium, which helps balance the effects of sodium.

2. Check food labels for sodium content. A “low-sodium” product contains 140 mg or less per serving.

3. Top your salad with a dash of oil and lemon instead of adding sodium-rich bottled dressings.

4. Enhance vegetables with herbs and spices such as parsley, basil, chives ginger, cumin, oregano or lemon for extra flavor.

Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource

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