The effect of salt on your blood pressure.

Q: Any time I eat foods containing salt my BP skyrockets and yet when I avoid salt I get leg cramps. What should I do?

A: Moderation is the key. I would avoid eating foods high in salt unless it was a very hot day and I had been digging ditches or participating is some other strenuous activity. The current recommendation for daily salt intake is 2,300mg a day or 1,500mg a day if you are over age 51.

2,300 mg is equal to one teaspoon of salt a day. Granted Chinese food is not as tasty without the soy sauce but many restaurants will hold the soy if you ask. For more information about salt in foods go to this page at

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