Here's How To Actually Eat Less Sodium

    We asked experts for easy and clever ways to cut down on salt without making your food basic.

    So you're salty...

    But perhaps you're TOO salty.

    What happens when you have too much sodium?

    Not to mention sodium can make you bloated AF.

    You don't get a free pass just because you're young and healthy.

    SO we asked experts how to cut excess sodium out of your diet.

    In addition to Callahan of the American Heart Associaition, BuzzFeed Life reached out to Rachel Beller, M.S., R.D., founder of the Beller Nutritional Institute in Los Angeles, California, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D.N., and Lyssie Lakatos, R.D.N., The Nutrition Twins and authors of The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure.

    1. First, you need to actually KNOW how much sodium you're consuming.

    2. Then find out how much sodium you should ACTUALLY be consuming.

    3. Set a 3-week goal to get less salty.

    4. Pay attention to nutrition labels, even if a food doesn't taste salty.

    5. Start small, and cut out the saltiest stuff first.

    6. Keep a log to track your sodium throughout the day.

    7. ...Or let this free app keep track for you.

    8. Cook at home more often, and try to eat clean.

    9. Add salt after cooking, not during.

    10. When using salt, opt for bigger crystals and only sprinkle A LITTLE.

    11. Always rinse canned vegetables and beans.

    12. If you're really serious, you can rinse your canned tuna too.

    13. Try avocado as a condiment.

    14. And maybe just get rid of bread altogether, if you're really feeling daring.

    15. Ditch the rotisserie chicken — or at least eat it less often.

    16. Eat oatmeal instead of cereal.

    17. Use crumbled seaweed snacks as a salty topping.

    18. If a low-sodium substitute tastes disgusting, mix it together with the regular version.

    19. Replace sodium-rich salad dressings with your own DIY version.

    20. Swap bottled steak sauce and marinades for this tangy homemade recipe.

    21. If you're at a restaurant where each dish is prepared to order, don't be afraid to ask your waiter for less or no salt.

    22. When you're craving something salty, have a spoonful of natural peanut butter or a bowl of popcorn with spices (that aren't salt).

    23. Look out for some of these sodium buzzwords.

    24. Ask for takeout veggies steamed plain — with sauce on the side.

    25. Dilute your soy sauce.

    26. And if you must have olives and pickles, chop them up.

    27. Eat more potassium.

    If you really stick to this, in three weeks you'll probably be like:

    So don't give up!