Salt is good but only if consumed correctly. If you like extra seasoning on your salad or like to sprinkle salt on your favorite fruit then be aware, you are actually inviting many health problems.
The common salt which we use in our kitchen has around 40% sodium and research has shown that sodium is actually bad for health. According to American heart association an adult should have only 500 mg ( milligram) of sodium per day which is like having ¼ tablespoon of salt.
- Having excess salt can lead to high blood pressure.
- Too much salt can lead to cancer – Excessive salt can increases the chances of having cancer by 15 %. Recently in a research conducted in Japan it has been found that excessive salt can lead to bacterial infection in stomach and later can turn into cancer.
- Salt and memory loss – Salt aggravates hypertension and it damages the brain cells. Consuming excess salt is found to be positively related to hypertension. People who have hypertension have 49% chances to be suffering from memory loss.
- Salt is bad for people having diabetes – Along with sugar consumption of too much salt is bad for diabetic people. People having diabetes are prone to hypertension, heart and kidney problems and excessive salt can add to it.
- Too much salt can lead to sleeping disorder – Excess consumption of salt is also associated with sleeping problems. Excess of salt increases blood pressure and it is usually seen that people having blood pressure problem have sleeping disorder.
- Osteoporosis – Too much salt can damage bones by making it porous . This is particularly seen in women in their post menopause phase.
- Kidney problems – Kidney is responsible for maintaining the water and salt level in the body by producing urine. When you have excess of salt it puts pressure on kidney to produce more urine and this affect kidney’s other functions.
- Heart problem – Eating excess salt is bad for heart functioning, It may increase the amount of fluid that you retain. This may force your heart to work harder. Moreover excess salt leads to hypertension which also increases the probability of having heart problems.
How to avoid salt?
It needs a conscious effort. Try to use less salt while preparing food or enhance the taste of food by adding green chilies and lemon juice. Avoid seasoning over salad and avoid tinned and packaged food as they contain high amount of salt. Avoid eating wafers and packaged snacky bits and eat biscuits for snacks or eat any fruit and finally do not keep a bottle of salt on the table.