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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