10/22/2014 01:15 EDT | Updated 12/22/2014 05:59 EST

Sodium: 5 Things You Need to Know


I'll admit, sodium isn't the most dynamic topic. But considering we all consume it (and sometimes a lot of it) everyday, why not dig a little deeper with a little game?

True or False?

  1. Too much sodium in your diet can increase your blood pressure.
  2. Half of Canadians have a condition known as sodium sensitivity.
  3. If your socks leave indentations in your leg, you might have a problem with sodium.
  4. Different types of sodium (table salt, kosher salt, sea salt) contain different amounts of sodium.
  5. Salt substitutes can be risky if you have kidney disease.

Hopefully I've piqued your interest, as all of the answers can be found in my video. (Before I did my interview with NephrologistDr. Sheldon Tobe, I would have only gotten two answers right.)

The whole thing has me paying much more attention to all the sources of sodium I'm consuming everyday... and my socks.

*Co-authored by Monica Matys, Communications Advisor at Sunnybrook


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