6 health risks of taking too much salt

Time to chill on the salt.

Sodium is an important nutrient in our bodies but too much of it can cause serious damage.

On average, a person is supposed to take 5 grams of salt.

Here are 6 health risks of taking too much salt.

1.Cardiovascular diseases

Taking too much salt puts one at a higher risk of getting a cardiovascular diseases and strokes.

2.Cognitive function

High salt intake can impair one’s cognitive function especially in older people.

3.You end up craving unhealthy foods

Your taste buds tend to accommodate the taste of salt when consumed in high quantity which can make one unable to tell how much salt they are actually consuming.

This leads to one craving unhealthy foods.

4.Oedema

Oedema is the swelling of certain body parts due to high water retention. Swelling is normally experienced in the feet, knees and hands.

5.Kidneys

Too much salt intake can affect the functioning of the kidneys. Kidneys help to remove waste, balance fluid levels and control the production of red blood cells in the body.

6.Bloating

Foods that are high in salt tend to cause bloating. These natural remedies can help with that.

Source: Health24

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