A low-sodium diet should include no more that 2,000 mg of sodium per day, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Individuals with cardiovascular issues such as heart failure and hypertension as well as middle-aged and older adults may want to lower sodium intake to 1,500 mg daily.
Those with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should restrict sodium intake as well, states the Cleveland Clinic.
The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium daily. Processed and prepared foods contain high amounts of salt and additives that contain sodium. Foods such as vegetables, meat, dairy and shellfish naturally contain sodium and add to daily intake levels.