Salt is an essential ingredient needed for controlling fluid balance and the correct functioning of nerves and muscles in our bodies. However it's estimated that over 80% of people are consuming more than the recommended 6g per day, putting them at an increased risk of serious health complications.
When we consume too much salt our kidneys have trouble keeping up with the excess sodium in our bloodstream. To tackle this our body holds onto water to dilute the salt. This increases the amount of blood in the bloodstream placing more pressure on our heart and blood vessels. Over time this extra work stiffens blood vessels leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Research shows that a higher intake of salt, sodium, or salty foods is linked to an increase in stomach cancer.
When we eat too much salt our body naturally loses more calcium via urination. If calcium is in short supply in the blood, it can be leached out of the bones causing conditions like osteoporosis later in life.
75% of the salt we eat is already in everyday foods such as bread, breakfast cereal and ready meals. You’ll be surprised to learn that halloumi, feta and blue cheese all contain more salt on average than seawater! Limit your intake of processed ready-made food and make use of the traffic light system on packaging when you go food shopping.
Salt is arguably the most important ingredient in cooking and, lets face it, without it most meals would taste bland and unexciting. Whilst heavily refined table salt is best to steer clear of, there is a more natural, mineral rich alternative- Himalayan salt, which comes with a host of health benefits.
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