Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining proper blood pressure and for providing channels of nerve signaling in the body. Sodium is a major component of table salt (Sodium Chloride) and in today's modern diet it is often easy to consume too much sodium since salt is often added in large quantities to a variety of foods, and used in food preservation.
Over-consumption of sodium leads to high blood pressure (hypertension), which later leads to heart disease and stroke. As such, it is wise to regulate the amount of sodium you eat, and if you have high blood pressure to restrict your consumption of sodium, while boosting your consumption of potassium.
Fortunately, almost all foods are naturally low in sodium and it is easy to avoid consuming sodium if you stick to eating whole unprocessed foods without adding any salt or sauces. So a low sodium diet could be seen as more of an exercise in avoiding high sodium foods, than eating low sodium foods. Healthy low sodium foods include vegetables, fruits, beans, grains, legumes, nuts, meats, oils, and fish. Be sure foods are not canned, or otherwise prepared with salt, or sauces that contain salt. Below is an overview of the top 10 foods lowest in sodium for your blood pressure diet.