Dangers of consuming too much salt

Salt is present in almost every single ingredient in the food we eat. There is the very bad habit to enjoy overly salty foods or to add salt for extra flavour. And adding too much salt can be harmful for your health.

According to the World Health Organization “1.7 million deaths could be prevented each year if people’s salt consumption were reduced to the recommended level of less than 5 g per day”.

Salt’s main component is sodium, a mineral essential to human health that “helps to regulate fluids by letting the body know when it’s time to replenish or dispose of water”, according to a Medical Daily article.

Salt can harm your health in many ways, from the brain, kidneys, bones, heart and skin. Salt can increase blood pressure and risk of heart disease, leading in many cases to death.

“Sodium plays a key role in balancing the levels of fluid in our bodies by signaling to the kidneys when to retain water and when to get rid of water. A high-sodium diet can interfere with this delicate process and reduce kidney function. The result is less water removed from the body, which may lead to higher blood pressure.”, according to Medical Daily.

The World Health Organization recommends reduce salt consumption by not adding salt or other salty sauces to food preparation, nor having salt on the table and limit the consumption of salty snacks. The organization also states “people are often unaware of the amount of salt they consume. In many countries, most salt comes from processed foods (e.g. ready meals; processed meats like bacon, ham and salami; cheese and salty snacks) or from food consumed frequently in large amounts (e.g. bread).” Most of the people aren’t aware of this, resulting in high daily salt intakes per person, including children.

If you would like to know more about how to sustain a balanced and healthy diet and to prevent future diseases, Medical Port can help you. Contact us to know more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Read the full World Health Organization recommendation here.

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2 comments on “Dangers of consuming too much salt
  1. […] Last week we discussed the importance of reducing salt intake for a better health and nutrition. This week’s post is about reducing sugar intake. […]

  2. […] It is very easy to do it at home or at the pharmacy. Hypertension can be diagnosed after a doctor has measured the patient several times and high values are most of times present. Keeping track of your health condition is important to prevent future diseases, and the best way to do it is to maintain an active lifestyle associated with regular health check-ups. A balanced diet is also very important, and reducing the salt intake is key to lower blood pressure. If you would like to know more about reducing the consumption of salt please read our previous blog post here. […]

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