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When it comes to dietary sodium, less is certainly best. Yet Americans today consume 50% more than the recommended daily quantity of only one teaspoon of salt per day. Diets high in sodium increase blood pressure levels. High blood pressure damages the kidneys over time, and is a leading cause of kidney failure. In recognition of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day , the National Kidney Foundation offers the top 5 tips to reduce salt in your diet .
"You can learn to adjust to eating less salt," says registered dietitian Linda Ulerich, member of NKF's Council on Renal Nutrition. "It typically takes about six to eight weeks on a low-sodium diet to get used to it. After that, you'll actually find that some of your favorite salty foods, like potato chips, taste too salty to you."