Salt is one such ingredient exists in all the dishes, we eat in our day to day life. It was said that “through the presence of salt is unknown, but its absence can make things tasteless”.

However, one need should remember that the proportion of salt also plays a vital role, because too much salt not only makes your food inedible but also affects your health.

Eat less salt for good health

Significance of Salt:

It can’t be denied that salt does more than making food taste more delicious. Salt is also essential for proper body functioning. Sodium, one of the main ingredient in table salt, controls blood flow & pressure, and aids in transmitting messages between nerves & muscle fibers.

Another chemical Chloride, present in table salt, helps in food digestion. Thus, enough salt is required in one’s diet to remain healthy. However, too much salt intake can be bad and affects the individual’s health.

How too much of salt consumption affects our body:

Usually, processed foods are packed with stuff and even restaurants add more salt to their food in order to make it tastier. As a result, we are eating high-sodium diets unknowingly, which shows some drastic effects on health.

Consuming too much of sodium, results in holding extra water in the body, because the kidneys, which filters out waste from the blood, preserves a special ratio of electrolytes, like sodium to potassium, to water.

Further, more salt in the diet means the kidneys preserve more amount of water in the system that may have numerous adverse effects, such as edema. Also, more fluid, in general, means more blood coursing via veins & arteries. Over time, that results in them to stiffen, resulting in high blood pressure.

{Also Read: Essential Facts You Need to Know About Daily Salt Intake }

Adverse effects of consuming too much salt as per the latest researches

Recent studies have found that too much salt intake may lead to stomach infections, ulcers, and may even accelerate stomach cancer. Also, it is believed by researchers, that the sodium may interrupt the stomach’s mucous lining.

Other reasons why too much salt is bad for your health

Cardiovascular disease: Studies says that excess intake of salt than the recommended proportion contributes to a high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Brain: According to the sources high dietary sodium consumption has been related to hypertension & cardiovascular disease (CVD) and it also affects cognitive function in older people.

Oedema: Experts also claims that intake of more sodium results in your body to retain water resulting edema, i.e. swelling of knees or feet & even hands.

Stomach cancer: Consuming more processed foods is injurious to stomach. Decreasing your bacon, sausages, high in salt & hidden fats can reduce the risk of stomach cancer.

Kidneys: Kidneys removes waste products, stables fluid levels & regulate the production of red blood cells. However, the risk of high intake of salt & high blood pressure combined, this can be fatal to kidneys, as it effects kidneys' ability to filter out unwanted toxins.

According to a study, salt shows a negative impact on cognitive function. There was some clear evidence that too much salt can lead to severe long-term health implications. However, a number of people eat food in which the sodium intake is more than the recommended value i.e. 2,300 milligrams per day. Thus, one should ensure not to exceed the proportion to remain healthy.

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