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How to Neutralize Salt Intake

author image Susan Street
Susan Street has been a published writer since 2001, specializing in health, nutrition, fitness and life-improvement articles. She holds an Associate of Arts in business administration, has additional educational background in nutrition and is also a certified personal trainer with the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA).
How to Neutralize Salt Intake
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Salt is an important ingredient found in most foods, and comes in natural and artificial forms. Salt contains two components; sodium and chloride. Sodium is the portion of salt that can cause problems if ingested in large quantities; however, sodium is a vital part of the human diet, and should be consumed in proper amounts. There are natural ways to neutralize the sodium content in your body including consuming potassium and drinking more water.

Step 1

How to Neutralize Salt Intake
Bananas often get credit for being high in potassium, but oranges are also an excellent source. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Increase your potassium intake with foods rich in the nutrient such as potatoes, bananas, oranges, spinach, fish and whole grains. Sodium and potassium are electrolytes found in the human body and both play an important role. Electrolytes maintain proper function of ions, which control electrical impulses in the body. Sodium regulates the ions outside of cells, while potassium regulates the ions within the cells. Potassium deficiency can cause kidney stones, irregular heartbeat, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, depression and other disorders. If the sodium content in blood is too high, potassium can repair the imbalance. If you suspect you are potassium deficient, your doctor can prescribe a potassium supplement.

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Step 2

How to Neutralize Salt Intake
It's a delicate balance between water and sodium. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Hydrate yourself. Salt makes us thirsty, so it is natural to drink more water to balance out salt intake. The potassium in your cells retains the water you drink, balancing out the sodium content in your body. Potassium and water must both be present for proper function. Excess salt and water in the body are flushed through your body after being processed by the kidneys. However, drinking large amounts of water when the sodium content in your body is too high can lead to high blood pressure, so it is very important to increase the potassium levels in your diet and do not exceed your daily sodium recommendation.

Step 3

How to Neutralize Salt Intake
There are many alternatives to salt for seasoning food such as garlic or oregano. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images

Control your salt intake. Limit processed foods and purchase those labeled “low-sodium,” “unsalted” or “no salt added.” Foods labeled “reduced sodium” may still have high sodium content, so read your food labels. Eat fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, limit the amount of salt you use while cooking and replace salt with other spices.

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