We all need some salt. It’s not poison. However, it will effectively slowly posion you if you consume it in the levels that many people on the average salt-laden Western diet do.
We need about a minimum of 500 mg a day. That’s about 1/4 of one teaspoon. There is not an official maximum daily limit, but and most people would be wise to take around 1,500 mg. and it’s recommended not to consume more than about 2,300 mg a day.
Many people eat twice that amount.
About 25% of Americans suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) and about another 25% are pre-hypertensive, and are on their way to developing the full-blown condition if they continue with a high-salt diet.
We really have no control over the amount of salt in processed, restuarant or fast foods, so it’s really a good idea to limit ones intake of these, and prepare simple meals at home where possible, where we can add less salt when cooking, or simply add a little at the table, if none is added at the cooking stage.