Another sign that you are consuming too much salt: you have high blood pressure
North Americans consume an average of 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day. According to the American Heart Association, it should not exceed 1,500 milligrams. This excess sodium can increase blood pressure by retaining more fluids in the body, which makes the heart work harder. Ask your doctor if a low-salt diet might lower your blood pressure. And that’s not the only problem: too much salt weakens the immune system.