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Low Salt Is Bad for Heart Health

Consuming Salt

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  • In a controversial study, researchers identified a higher heart risk if you either eat too much or not enough salt
  • Although the amount of salt is important, it is the ratio between salt and potassium that is of greatest importance to your heart health and lowering your stroke risk
  • You can shift your potassium and sodium balance with your lifestyle and food choices

By Dr. Mercola

The leading cause of heart attacks and stroke in the U.S. is high blood pressure. Recommendations from the American Heart Association (AHA) and other policy makers have been to reduce salt intake in order to control your blood pressure. However, research has not supported this recommendation for everyone.

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