Ways Your Body Tells You “No More Salt” – Blaine Pollock

Salt overload causes excessive thirst and headaches. Around 90% of our suggested daily salt intake comes from prepared foods.

The body is an amazing machine but has some not so pleasant ways of letting us know when we overdo it.  To begin, excess salt intake can result in weight gain, water retention, and puffiness.  Looking at the mirror or stepping on a scale can serve as clues.

Hypernatremia is an extreme dehydration that occurs when the salt in your bloodstream overloads the kidneys, leading to vomiting, depression, muscle cramps, and worse.

Sodium is critical to your health, as your body needs it to carry out normal bodily functions. Salt is responsible for balancing the amount of fluids in your body and guaranteeing your muscles contract the way they should. Sodium is also needed to aid with nerve functions.  Your body needs about 500mg of salt a day, and you shouldn’t exceed 2,300 mg a day if you’re a healthy adult. But, if you suffer from high blood pressure, kidney disease, or diabetes, the maximum daily consumption of sodium lowers to 1,500 mg a day.

Always consult a physician if you are concerned.  Speaking with a doctor is always a good idea.  Even long-term, low level excess sodium can add to serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.

 

Author: Blaine Pollock