Eating too much salt lead to the deaths of 2.3 million people across the world in just one year, new research says, according to cbsnews.com.
Salt can affect your kidneys, brain, and heart.
According to bloodpressureuk.org, kidneys remove fluids in your body by filtering them, and dispose the unwanted fluids. Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream, making it harder for kidneys to remove the stored water from the salt. Worldactiononsalt.com reported this can strain them, and lead to kidney disease.
Dailymail.com reported just over a teaspoon of salt a day could dull the mind and raise the risk of Alzheimer’s. People who have salt-rich diets and do little exercise suffer a quicker mental decline than those who are more prudent with their intake.
A study focused on adults ages 67-84 over the course of three years. Researchers found that those who consumed the most salt and did not exercise did worse on tests on cognitive function than those who ate the least salt and exercised the most, according to huffingtonpost.com.
Even though the risk is higher in adults, it does not mean it is not in children. A high salt diet during childhood could increase the risk of other conditions later in life, according to actionsalt.org. Over intake on salt can also cause strokes, according to mayoclinic.org.
Reducing your salt intake can have a positive impact on blood vessels, and lower your risk of having a heart attack, according to webmd.com. Salt makes your body hold onto water, and the more salt you intake, the more water that is stored, reported bloodpressureuk.org. When more water is stored, your blood pressure raises, which can be very dangerous. According to mayoclinic.org, uncontrolled high blood pressure makes it harder for your heart to pump blood through the entire body. This can cause a number of heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease, enlarged left heart, and heart failure.
“The average American consumes 47 percent more sodium than the recommended daily amount.” reported ardmoreite.com.