How much sodium is safe to have in one day?

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the upper limit on sodium intake at 2,300 mg per day.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the upper limit on sodium intake at 2,300 mg per day. But most Americans get closer to 3,400 mg per day. If you’re an athlete or extremely active and losing a lot of sweat, you’re going to need more sodium than the average Joe or Jane. The quality and source of your sodium is also important to think about. Getting lots of sodium from processed foods is going to be much worse for you than getting sodium from whole, mineral-rich salt. Here are some resources that can help you understand the healthiest way to incorporate sodium into your diet: