One of the main recommendations we get from doctors is to decrease our sodium intake… but, why? Sodium is a natural element that is absolutely necessary for the body to function. It also helps control blood pressure and plays a significant role with our nerves and muscles. The average adequate intake of sodium is between 1000 to 1500 mg a day – but many Canadians consume closer to 3400 mg. The over-consumption of sodium is throwing our bodies off balance, which can lead to high blood pressure amongst other health risks. The problem, however, isn’t necessarily the amount of table salt we’re consuming – it’s the sodium that’s lurking in our favourite foods and recipes. Some quick ways to reduce our intake is to switch to a sea salt, try kelp or a seaweed salt, read labels and introduce the following low-sodium recipes into your regular diet.