Salt is a vital mineral that is needed for the healthy functioning of the human body. However, most modern diets contain too much salt and consuming too much can lead to hypernatremia, or an imbalance of the amounts of salt and water in the body, in the short term, and increased blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis in the long term.
Too much sodium can wreck havoc on your health, eat less salt as from today!
Here are the adverse effect of eating too much salt:
Extreme thirst: A common sign of excess sodium intake is extreme thirst–and you’ve probably noticed that you get thirsty after eating salty foods. If you wake up thirsty in the middle of the night or in the morning, it could mean you ingested too much salt the previous day. Keep note of this sign; if it becomes habitual, it means you need to alter your diet before this excess salt consumption negatively impacts your health.
Your brain feels soggy: Who knew that salt could even impact your brain function? According to a 2011 Canadian study on 1,200 more sedentary adults, those with high-sodium diets had a higher chance of cognitive decline than those with less salt in their diets. As you age it is important to keep track of how much salt you consume, and make changes if necessary.
You get kidney stones: A diet high in too much sodium can actually hinder kidney function. According to research, too much salt can increase the amount of protein found in your urine. More protein in your urine is a “major risk factor” for kidney disease. Additionally, high-sodium diets can also increase the risk of kidney stones. If you have excessive kidney stones or pain, you should see a doctor and work with a nutritionist to change to a low sodium diet.
Your body is swelling in strange places: Yes, just one night of too much sodium can actually make you look and feel more bloated in the morning. This is called edema, the swelling of extra fluid in your body’s tissues. According to research, edema can be symptom of an underlying disease, but it can also be sign of too much sodium in your diet. (These are other sneaky reasons for your belly bloat.) The simple solution is to cut back on sodium.
You have stomach ulcers: Too much sodium has been linked to stomach ulcers and cancer in animals, according to a study. Although more research is needed, the findings suggest that people should be wary of salt damaging their stomach lining.
Bloating: Salt can cause water retention as the body tries to dilute the salt with large amounts of water. This can cause bloating which is uncomfortable and may be unattractive. The best way to reduce this bloating is to drink more water, which will help to flush the salt out of your system.
High Blood Pressure: One of the main (and most threatening) signs of excess sodium in the body is high blood pressure, and this could put you at risk for heart disease and stroke, amongst other ailments. When your kidneys can’t get rid of excess sodium, it is put into your blood stream. When this happens, your blood volume increases since sodium magnetizes and retains water. This not only raises your blood pressure, but it forces your heart to work even harder to pump blood through your vessels, placing strain on your arteries and other organs.