As of June 2015, a healthy daily sodium intake is less than 2,300 milligrams daily, or 1,500 milligrams for people who are age 51 or older, African-American or who have diabetes, hypertension or chronic kidney disease, according to Mayo Clinic. One teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 milligrams of sodium.
The typical American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium daily, from sources including prepared and processed foods, condiments, and natural foods such as dairy products, vegetables, shellfish and meats, notes Mayo Clinic. People also take in sodium when they add salt to recipes and to food at the table. Ways to reduce sodium intake include using spices, herbs, citrus fruit zest and fruit juices as seasonings instead of salt when cooking or serving foods.