Salt is part of every person’s diet. In fact, you can hardly find a kitchen without it. You can cook food without giving it a pinch, and you can seldom taste great food if you don’t add a dash.
Sodium, which you can get from salt, is an essential nutrient in the body. With it, you are able to control the amount of water that you have. The nerves can also easily transmit impulses, and you can control the movements of your muscles, contracting and relaxing them. Perhaps these benefits will give you an excuse to consume as much salt as you can without even thinking that it can do more harm than good.
How much salt do you need?
The body doesn’t need all the vitamins and minerals that you could get. Sometimes it only needs a very small dose. What is important is that the nutrients will be sufficient to keep all of your body parts—from the tiniest to the biggest—working. On the average, a man only needs a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 2,300 of sodium. If you go beyond it, you will suffer from minor to severe problems.
Where does the problem lie?
One of the biggest challenges of too much sodium intake lies on the fact that most of the foods available are already rich with it. We have burgers, French fries, sandwiches—you name it. Almost all of them contain a small to a moderate amount of salt.
What types of problems will you meet?
There are a lot of potential issues that you can meet if you take in a lot of sodium in your body. One of these is high blood pressure. This is very common especially when you are getting older. As there is more water that is being released, the amount of blood in the body also increases. This then causes hypertension. Worse, the problem means that the heart has to work doubly hard. A lot of people who suffer from high blood pressure also get coronary heart disease.
Moreover, though sodium is highly essential for the nerves, too much of it can affect the way electrolytes move all over the body. There are also some of them that may get trapped in the nerves. Since the nerves don’t have a lot of time to get rid of them, sodium continues to build up, until it will be very difficult for information, which are sent through impulses, to suffer to the different parts of your body.
Another potential problem with high sodium intake is osteoporosis, which is not only affecting women but men as well. When there is a lot of salt in the body, the calcium that is needed by the bones to increase its density. Rather, it will be flushed out through urination. In turn, the bones become more brittle and prone to osteoporosis. It will be very easy for you to break your hip or even your backbone.
By cutting back on foods rich in salt, regular consultation with your doctors, and living a healthy lifestyle, suffering from any of these will definitely be very impossible.
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