How Does Salt Affect Your Health

Hello All, today we are going to look at How Doea Salt Affect your Health. For many years Salt has been used to help to preserve food to stop it from going bad, as well as adding it to the food as it’s cooking to increase the flavor.

Too much Salt is very bad for you. To little Salt is also bad for you. Sometimes information can be very confusing.

Salt, also known as sodium chloride, is about 40% sodium and 60% chloride.

What we will cover

  1. Heart health and salt
  2. How much is too much salt
  3. Foods that contain salt naturally
  4. 12 different types of salt
  5. Which salt is best for you
  6. Can not enough salt Affect your health
  7. My Final thoughts

Heart Health and Salt.

Eating too much salt is claimed to raise blood pressure, therefore increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

In the majority of people, the kidneys have trouble dealing with too much sodium in the blood. As sodium accumulates, the body holds onto water to dilute it. This increases both the amount of fluid surrounding cells and the volume of blood in the bloodstream.

Increased blood volume means more work for the heart and more pressure on blood vessels. Over time, the extra work and pressure can make blood vessels stiff, leading to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

It can also lead to heart failure. There is some evidence that too much salt can damage the heart, aorta, and kidneys without increasing blood pressure.

 

How Much is Too Much Salt

How much is too much salt?

Our bodies need 500 mg a day of salt to function properly. to conduct nerve impulses, contract and relax muscles, and maintain the proper balance of water and minerals.

You can consume up to 1,500 mg a day of salt but most people tend to use far more on average over 3,000 mg a day.

 

Foods That Contain Salt Naturally

Salt in small amounts can be found in foods such as, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, meats, and dairy foods.

Foods high in salt, bread, pizza, sandwiches containing cold meats, soups, savory snacks (crisps, popcorn and crackers) chicken, cheese, eggs, bacon, sausages and sardines. Ketchup has a very high salt content.

 

 

There are 12 Different types of Salt.

  • Flake salt
  • Table salt
  • Sea salt
  • Himalayan pink salt
  • Fleur de sel
  • Kala namak
  • Celtic sea salt
  • Pickling salt
  • Red Hawaiian salt
  • Black Hawaiian salt
  • Smoked salt
  • Celtic sea salt

Which Salt Is Best For You

Himalayan pink.

This salt comes from the seabeds in the Himalayan mountains. The pink colour comes from the iron content. This salt is, quite rich in minerals, containing all 84 essential trace elements required by the body.

Pink salt can assist with many body functions, such as lessening muscle cramps, promoting blood sugar health and keeping a healthy pH balance in your cells.

Many experts recommend pink salt as one of the healthiest salts you can eat.

 

Can not enough Salt Affect your Health

Here are some symptoms you may experience if you don’t have enough salt, depression, weakness, nausea, vomiting, cramps, headache, irritability and confusion. Serious deficiency symptoms can lead to seizures, coma and in some cases it can Cause death.

 

My Final Thoughts

Although copious amounts of studies have been carried out, there is no real definitive answer as to the affects of salt on your health.

Experts have different opinions about too much or not enough salt. More studies need to be carried out. The health effects simply do not affect everyone in the same way. It depends on a lot of different factors. Age, weight and overall fitness need to be taken into consideration.

Yes in certain people it can be harmful to blood pressure, it can cause strokes, heart disease and kidney function problems.

The lack of salt can cause vomiting, nausea, cramps, headache, irritability, confusion, weakness and depression. But again this does not apply to everyone.

In conclusion, I would recommend visiting your Doctor to discuss your particular symptoms.

 

I wish to thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy day to read this article. If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment you can do so below. I love hearing from you and I will always get back to you.

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Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.

Lisa.

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4 thoughts on “How Does Salt Affect Your Health”

  1. I knew that there are so may foods laden with excess salt and sugar for that matter.  It was shocking to see how much in your article.  I typically have used sea salt due the naturally occurring minerals.  I also heard that salt from the Sea of Japan is good.  I did not realize that pink salt was the best and will have to add it to my cupboard.

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  2. hey,

     i wanted to know about how to stay healthy and have a good lifestyle and i came across this website and i really liked how everything is given so systematically and it has really helped me. 

    i really loved this website and thanks to the site for giving me such knowledge that i did not know before.

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    • Hey,

      I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment. Happy it was to your liking.

      Feel free to stop by anytime.

      Lisa 

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