As part of Illinois Sodium Reduction Week, March 12-18, public health agencies across the state are joining forces with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the importance of lowering sodium in your diet with the “Break Up with Salt” campaign.
Sodium is a mineral that’s essential for life. It’s regulated in the body by your kidneys, and it helps control your body’s fluid balance. It also helps send nerve impulses and affects muscle function. However, extensive research has shown that too much sodium is related to high blood pressure, a primary risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Here are some startling facts about sodium consumption from the American Heart Association:
You are invited to participate in Illinois Sodium Reduction Week activities on social media:
More information about the benefits of reducing sodium for your heart health can be found on the American Heart Association website.