Salt Intake Benefits

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SALT I believe that setting up a limit for salt intake could be benefial to ones health depending on the individuals daily salt consumption. The current recommended amount of sodium is set at 2,235mg per day which is about a teaspoon. Some of the benefits to reducing the amount is to prevent side effects such as elevated blood pressure, kidney damage, hypertension and water retention, which can also lead to unhealthy weight gain. Salt in the human body acts as an electrolyte, along with other electrolytes they all balance eachother out with water. If one enters the body in excess then the brain automatically lets the body know that it needs more water to balance out the effect leading up to water retention. The American Heart Association says that currently about 98% of americans consume an average of about 3,400mg of salt per day. Americans over the age of 50 are…show more content…
Too much salt can cause your body to create kidney stones or a hard mass formed by clumps of calcium and sodium. Many of these kidney stones have sharp edges causing it to become very painful to pass one through the urinary system. The shape edges of the stones can not only cause tears along the inside of the ureters, but due to the blockage of the urinary system it could cause kidney disease such as Crohns disease. Some of the types of kidney stones are calcium oxilate stones and uric acid stones. Lowering the limit of sodium or salt consumption can only benefit us. I am curious to see how much the risk of high blood pressure, kidney damage, and water retention would decrease after the reducution of sodium per day. Decreasing the limit to 1500mg per day is a great start, but I think at some point the limit can be more personalized to each person. Based on many different factors such as weight, age and calorie consumption can lead to a personal limit for each person that will benefit them

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