11 Ways Excessive Salt Can Ruin Your Health

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By Amanda Morgan

Do you know how much salt you are consuming daily? The average American consumes 3,592 mg of sodium per day while the daily recommended value is only 2,300 mg. This information was shared by the Center for Disease Control and exemplifies a serious problem sweeping the nation. Salt consumption has skyrocketed and been a main contributor to many of the health problems plaguing the nation. You may think that this cannot possible be you as you always eat healthy even when you go out to restaurants. Did you know that the salad at some restaurants have been found to contain an absurd amount of salt in it? Read this article to find out how salt can ruin your health and why you should monitor your salt levels.

1) High Blood Pressure

One of the most well-known effects of a high salt diet is high blood pressure. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, occurs when the pressure in a person’s arteries rises above the normal level. Salt is composed of sodium which causes the body to retain water and put more strain on the heart and blood vessels. In order to avoid salt, try making your food at home and stop eating out. This way you will always know the exactly the amount of salt that is going into the food. Also avoid pre-packaged and canned foods as they usually contain high amounts of sodium for packaging purposes. The foods you eat really make a difference to your health, especially when trying to control high blood pressure. Eat natural foods including vegetables and fruits and you will feel like a new person.

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