In this video, nutrition and fitness expert Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, LDN, explains that salt is a slow poison. Dietary sodium causes disease by raising blood pressure and damaging delicate internal organs. Processed foods and restaurant items make up 75% of most people’s daily sodium intake, so Dr. Bond Brill urges people to avoid foods that come in a bag, box, can or bottle or are on a menu. Instead consume natural, unprocessed foods. Another way to limit salt is to replace it with seasonings such as garlic, lemon juice and fresh herbs. Finally, the great majority of Americans get more than enough sodium daily, so a salt or iodine deficiency is unlikely.

Visit Dr. Bond Brill’s website or purchase her latest book, Cholesterol Down.