What Too Much Salt Can Do to Your Body

What Too Much Salt Can Do to Your Body

There’s a fairy tale in which a King asks his daughter how much she loves him.

She replies that she loves him as she loves the salt upon her food. The king didn’t care for that answer, but some of us totally get it.  But what happens when you eat too much?

Urologist Mehran Movassaghi, MD notes that a diet heavy in sodium can lead to some serious health issues, in particular high blood pressure. But there are some physical warnings that can tell us to put down the saltshaker before it’s too late. These include a bloated body, a pounding head and dry mouth.

It’s important to remember that salt dehydrates us, and too much will throw off the body’s equilibrium. The body can’t maintain a balance of fluids and electrolytes when it’s faced with an onslaught of salt. Dehydration can manifest through a dry mouth or a nasty headache.  In fact, studies show that people who consume a lot of salt are more likely to suffer from headaches.

If your pants start feeling tight, you might be suffering from the bloating and swelling that can come with too much salt. Dehydration triggers water retention, so have a look at your ankles if you’re wondering.

What should you do if you have these symptoms? Well, aside from reducing salt consumption, which is fairly obvious, just drink more water. Avoid processed foods, cured meat, cheese and refined carbohydrates. Try experimenting with new spices in place of salt.

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