Updated: Jun 9
Scientific research suggests the optimal range for sodium is 3 to 6 grams per day, which equals about 1 ⅓ to 2 ⅔ teaspoons daily. As always, a bio-individual approach should be taken into consideration, especially if you have any salt retention issues.
Our modern lifestyles and habits lead us to deplete our sodium levels. These factors include:
Overconsumption of sugar
Chronic diseases (hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, and congestive heart failure can lead to low blood sodium)
Commonly prescribed medications such as diuretics, antidepressants and some diabetes drugs
Dependence on caffeinated beverages which are natural diuretics
Low-carb and intermittent fasting
As always, please speak with your healthcare provider when making any dietary changes. In the meantime, grab some water and stay hydrated with electrolytes so your body can function optimally. Another perk of sodium and electrolytes is that they help knock out those sugar cravings.