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5 Reasons You Should Cut Down Your Salt Intake

  By posted May 15th 2014
Healthy Living

 

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Salt is the most common ingredient used all over the world to flavour food. However, salt lends more than just flavour to our palette. Even though salt has a number of benefits, excessive consumption over the daily limit can lead to a number of health conditions. Here are a few reasons to cut back on your salt intake.

The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that a healthy person without high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases should not consume more than 3.75g of salt per day. Even though salt has a number of benefits, excessive consumption over the daily limit can lead to a number of health conditions. Here are a few reasons to cut back on your salt intake.

Blood pressure
A major consequence of a high salt diet is that it can raise your blood pressure. This condition when worsened further can put you at a risk of heart attack and strokes. A study estimated that by reducing the sodium intake by one-third, strokes can be reduced by 22 per cent and heart attack by 16 per cent in the UK.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, making them brittle and weak. Calcium is a major mineral that contributes to bone health. A high salt diet causes a loss in the calcium in the bone, thereby leading to weak bones and osteoporosis.

Stomach cancer
There have been many studies that have been linked to a high salt consumption to the occurrence of gastric cancer. The study said that people who always added salt to their food had a 78 per cent risk of developing the disease. 

Obesity
High sodium intake does not directly cause weight gain and obesity but has been linked to it. Salt makes you feel thirsty thus you end up increasing your fluid intake which may not always be water. Opting for energy drinks and sugary fluid puts one at a risk of obesity, especially children and teenagers.

Kidney stones
Kidney stones are caused due to the build-up of calcium in the kidney. Salt causes loss of calcium by excreting it through urine. This can then lead to a build-up of calcium in the kidneys, thereby forming kidney stones.

 

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