Tips for cutting back
There are a number of ways you can cut back on both salt and sodium in your diet. These include eating more fresh foods, removing salt from recipes when you are cooking, using herbs, spices and lemon juice to season your meals, and cutting back on several condiments such as soy sauce, ketchup, mustard and some salad dressings. If you really must add salt to your food, switch to a brand which has "low sodium" on the label, although check the details before buying as some contain more than others.
You are also more likely to succeed in reducing your salt intake if you take reducing it slowly. Gradually cut back over a few weeks, which will allow your taste buds to adjust and you may even notice that some foods start to taste too salty. As your preference for salt reduces, you should also find your palate will be open to more subtle flavours than before, too.
However, it is important to remember that we all need some sodium in our body. It is essential as it helps maintain the right balance of fluids in our body, is necessary for both the contraction and relaxation of our muscles and it helps transmit nerve impulses throughout us.