How Too Much Salt Impacts Your Health

saltSalt is pretty interesting. It was once used as currency and was also the reason a war was started! It is found in sea water but also mined underground in places where water evaporated centuries ago. Salt is cool and we need it to survive. But, too much can also be bad for your health and throw your body out of balance. Here is how too much salt impacts your body.

The Brain

If you have too much salt in your diet then you could be hurting how well your brain can process information. It can impact cognitive function in older adults, especially.

The Kidneys

Oh, those poor kidneys, they really bear the brunt of high sodium diet. See, sodium helps to balance the fluids within your body and it sends signals to the kidneys to either keep or get rid of water. If you have too much sodium then it can mess up this messaging system, and less water is then eliminated from your body and your blood pressure can go up. If your blood pressure goes up, then that can lead to kidney disease. You could also have a higher chance of suffering from kidneys stones.

The Heart

Salt, as stated, has an effect on how much water your body holds on to. If this leads to high blood pressure then it can leave you susceptible to heart failure and stroke. Blood pressure tends to naturally increase with age, so paying attention to how much salt is in your diet can keep you from raising your blood pressure even more.

The Skin

If you have too much salt then this can lead to swelling of your arms, hands, legs, ankles and feet – also called edema. This is caused by fluid retention and while it’s not life-threatening it can be sign of other health problems.

The Stomach

High intake of salt has been linked to stomach ulcers. The reason why isn’t known, but some scientists theorize that salt has a detrimental impact on the mucous lining of the stomach which leads to an abnormal lining.

The easiest way to prevent these things from happening to you is to watch your salt intake. You would be surprised if you actually kept track of how much salt you are actually consuming in a day. The recommendation is anywhere from 1500 to 2300 milligrams a day, depending on age and ethnicity. Try tracking your sodium intake for a day and see where you land!

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