SALT and YOUR HEALTH
Hello sweeties, hope you are doing great?
In my practice recently I discovered that we now have cases of hypertension and kidney failures in youths and young adults unlike before where these two diseases are found as a result of aging. And this is because our foods now as youth and young adults are not very suitable for our health.
Our bodies need a little amount of salt to survive, but the amount we eat is much more than we require. Evidence has shown that regularly eating too much salt puts us at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the main cause of strokes and a major cause of heart attacks and heart failures, the most common causes of death and illness in the world.
What is salt?
By salt, we mean table salt, which is otherwise known as sodium chloride ( science students will know this). It is the biggest source of sodium in our diets and it’s this sodium that’s the problem in relation to blood pressure. But we do need some sodium in our diet to help regulate fluid in the body, it’s unusual for us not to get enough.
As good as salt is, there is a daily limit to the amount of sodium chloride (salt) we take, 1500 mg of sodium amounts to 0.75 teaspoons or 3.75 grams of salt per day, while 2300 mg amounts to one teaspoon or 6 grams of salt per day. Most people today are eating much more than that ( i do too) . The average intake of sodium is about 3400 mg, most of it coming from processed foods ( can you see that we really need to cut down our intake of processed and confectionery foods).
Many people unfortunately don’t realize they are eating too much salt. That is because about 75% of the salt in our diet comes from process foods.It’s not just in ready meals, soups and sauces, though – keep an eye on everyday foods such as breads and cereals, as well as sweet foods harboring a salty surprise. Foods don’t necessarily have to taste salty to be salty. This is one of the reasons it can be tricky to reduce our salt intake, as it is often already in the foods we buy, and we can’t take it out.
EFFECT OF SALT ON THE KIDNEY
Our body removes unwanted fluid by filtering blood through the kidney, via osmosis, to draw excess water out of your blood. This requires a balance of sodium and potassium to pull the water across the wall from the bloodstream into a collecting channel in the kidney. A high salt diet will alter this sodium balance, causing the kidneys to have reduced function and remove less water resulting in higher blood pressure. This puts strain on the kidneys and can lead to kidney disease.
A high salt intake has been shown to increase the amount of protein in the urine which is a major risk factor for the decline of kidney function. There is also increasing evidence that a high salt intake may increase deterioration of kidney disease in people already suffering from kidney problems.
Evidence has shown that a number of health conditions are caused by, or exacerbated by, a high salt diet. Although the strongest evidence is for the effect that a high salt diet has on blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, there is also a wide body of evidence indicating a link between salt consumption and other conditions.
Salt has been linked to:
- High Blood Pressure
- Cardiovascular Disease (stroke, heart disease and heart failure)
- Kidney Disease & Kidney Stones
- Stomach Cancer
- Water retention/bloating
Salt is also thought to exacerbate the symptoms of:
- Meniere’s Disease
As much as possible, substitute salt with other flavors, sweetener that has low salt content.
God is ready to satisfy us with long life (psalm91:16), we should do our part by eating right!!!
happy world RENAL DAY!!!
With love from me,