Salt: Risks and Benefits

01: Salt: Risks and benefitsOften, doctors suggest we cut down on our salt intake, but you don’t have to remove it completely because salt has a lot of benefits to the human body.

Uses Of Salt

  • For cooking
  • For drying
  • For disinfection and destruction of bacteria
  • For preservation

Salt is one of the very essence of life that everyone cannot do without. However, it should be taken in moderation.

Benefits of Salt

  • Salt helps the thyroid function properly: Thyroid plays an important role in metabolism, but for the thyroid to work properly ,it needs iodine which is found in most salt labeled ‘iodized salt’ .Deficiency of iodine can lead to enlarged thyroid, constipation, difficulty thinking, sensitivity to cold etc.
  • Salt also promotes healthy hydration levels and help balance electrolytes in the body which is necessary for organs to function properly. Having less water in your body can cause muscle cramps, dehydration etc.
  • Salt helps prevent low blood pressure. Symptoms of low blood pressure includes dizziness, Fainting ,blurry vision
  • Eating enough salt improves cystic fibrosis in people living with it

Health Risk of Eating Too Much Salt

  • It increases the chances of water retention : eating too much salt can lead to the kidney not being able to filter excess sodium in the bloodstream, this causes the body to hold on to more water to dilute the sodium thereby leading to water retention and bloating
  • Damages Cardiovascular Health: Having too much water in the body can increase the pressure on your lungs and heart thereby triggering high blood pressure which is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke.
  • Eating too much salt may increase your risk of stomach cancer
  • It increases your chances of osteoporosis as the more salt you eat, the more calcium your body loses. Effect of low calcium in the body can lead to osteoporosis.

 

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