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Scientists Explain 5 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Eat Too Much Salt

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HERE’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT TOO MUCH SALT:

1. YOU START TO HAVE KIDNEY PROBLEMS.

A high-sodium diet increases your risk of developing kidney stones because it increases the amount of calcium in your urine, which has been found to be a key factor in the formation of the stones. As you consume more salt, the body holds on to more water to try to dilute the sodium. Your body normally removes excess fluid by filtering blood through your kidneys to draw water out of your blood. However, when you have a diet high in sodium, the kidneys will remove less water, and therefore, your blood pressure increases. This can cause kidney failure because, as your blood pressure rises to accommodate the excess salt, it puts tremendous strain on arteries leading to the kidneys.

2. SALT CAN INCREASE BLOOD PRESSURE.

As we briefly mentioned above, people who consume a lot of salt in their diet have a greater risk of developing high blood pressure. This happens because salt makes you retain water, which makes your heart pump harder. This puts a lot of strain and pressure on your organs, which can lead to heart disease, strokes, dementia, cardiovascular disease, and other serious problems.

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3. YOU FEEL BLOATED.

When you consume too much sodium, you retain water, as we mentioned. Most people think of bloating in their abdomen only; however, sodium can cause you to hold onto water throughout your body. Called edema, you can even develop swelling in the feet, legs, and hands due to excess salt consumption. While one night of eating too much salt won’t usually cause severe swelling, over time, fluid retention caused by a high-salt diet can certainly lead to chronic bloating.

4. SALT CAN CAUSE BRAIN FOG.

Many things can cause cognitive impairment, including excess salt. One study published in the Neurobiology of Aging in 2011 found that older people who consumed high amounts of salt and led a sedentary lifestyle had more cognitive decline. Brain fog is usually a sign of inflammation, which can be caused by excess salt. Also, people who consume a lot of salt usually don’t drink enough water, and dehydration can cause cognitive disturbances as well.

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