Salt gives that extra taste in our foods, without it, foods will probably taste like wood. But what happens when mistakenly we eat too much salt; what will be the resultant consequence in our body weight and overall health? These are two serious questions that need answer. Here in this short article, I want to share with you how eating too much salt can damage your health..
While a little amount of sodium is necessary for balancing fluids and other functions in the body, too much salt intake can cause a lot of problems; first is the water retention, too much sodium in the diet causes dehydration and storing of water fluids in the body, the result is feeling bloated and weighting heavier in the scales.
Second and most serious is the hardening of the arteries, the heart needs more power to pump blood, raising high the blood pressure, and as a result the risk of a heart disease and other heart related, health implications is great.
Obese and overweight people over use salt, and it sounds perfectly logic; as with overeating comes over consuming salt. But even in a moderate diet, if it is based on pre packaged meals and take-away meals; it will almost certainly take you over the acceptable limits. We all know that part 1 of food cravings is savory things (part 2 is sweets…) so eliminating salt totally from our diets is not a healthy option. Find time to also read 13 Bad foods for pregnant women.
The body needs it to function properly; it balances fluids in our body, and plays a part in the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Some fad diets even try to trick you; by using a diet very low in salts o you get to lose only water weight, but not fat!
So what is the best option for consuming salt the right way? I would say awareness is the key. Having knowledge of how much sodium a person needs per day is very important, and then the next step is start reading food labels more carefully, also try eliminating, or reducing to the minimum, eating in fast foods, and from take away meals.
Did you know that salt plays a very important role in how effectively are body functions? Basically, without sodium we would not survive. Salt has a key role in controlling the content of water in our blood stream, and regulates the levels of alkaline and acid in our digestive system. Sodium is required to support the creation and motion of electrical charges in our nervous system that enable our muscles and limbs to maximally function.
Sodium can affect the major organs of the body and in particularly the kidneys. It is commonly considered that one of the main causes of high blood pressure is the failure of the kidneys to eliminate sodium effectively. The rise in blood pressure increases the levels of sodium that need to be filtered by the kidneys. The excess dilutes into the bladder and raises the levels of sodium in your urine. This reaction is the body compensating for its inability to discharge the sodium effectively.
Although salt is very important for the body too much it can cause problems. The U.S Department of Health in association with the American Heart Association have set guidelines that recommend the daily intake of salt for adults should be no more than 2.4 grams (g). These recommended guidelines are also the same for Canada, the UK and Australia. However, there are so many people who are consuming too much salt in their diet. The latest studies have revealed that the average American consumes nearly double the recommended daily amount that is 5 grams!
So, how are we are eating so much salt and where is it coming from? Well, the best way to understand this worrying trend is to break it down. 75% of salt within the western diet basically originates from the food industry, while the remaining 25% being added either, by us or added naturally through the consumption of fish and red meat. This statistic is not surprising as the western diet contains a lot of processed foods which, uses high levels of salt as a preservative and flavor enhancer. However, the food industry also uses salt for the following reasons:
* Volatilization control: In foods like cheese and bread, salt is added to regulate the speed of organic fermentation.
* Food binder: Binds processed meat when cooked at high temperatures.
* Texture enhancer: It expands during the baking process thereby preventing the tearing of dough as.
As you can see, the food industry has many uses for salt other than a preservative or food enhancer.
As discussed, a diet high in sodium can cause serious damage to the major organs. In the long term high levels of sodium can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure and kidney failure.
Many people do not realize that the diet they are eating may have a very high level of salt. This is because salt in food is difficult to taste as the food industry can mask it so well. To find out the level of salt in your diet read the package labels of the food you buy, you can then work out how much your daily intake is. If it is within the daily recommended level then your fine, if it’s higher then, you need to reduce it as soon as possible.
The best way to reduce eating too much salt is to change your diet from a processed one to a natural organic one. This means introducing more fruit and vegetables into your diet and selecting the low salt options. As salt is used to enhance the flavor of food this change in diet may take some time getting use to. However, if you stick to it you will see and feel the benefits and never look back.