According to both the American Heart Association and the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health healthy adults should consume less than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. Unfortunately most individuals consume more than 3000 mg of sodium a day resulting in over 70% of Americans having a needless elevated risk of heart attack, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease ( Even just one teaspoon of salt contains approximately 2000 mg of sodium, and a single item from a fast food restaurant can have almost as much (a KFC chicken pot pie has 2160 mg): [1]. Since chronic excess sodium is associated with hypertension and possibly other conditions for a minority of the population, some people are looking for ways to keep their sodium intake under control. An acute sodium overdose may also cause immediate medical symptoms, such as cracked, bleeding lips, nausea, and, in extreme cases, death: [2].