(ORDO NEWS) — Salt helps make any food tastier. Moreover, it contains sodium and chloride, which have a positive effect on the functioning of the human body. But if the amount of salt is too large, then such a seemingly useful seasoning can become a real enemy for humans.
Popular Science reports.
Sodium helps regulate blood flow, and also affects the full functioning of muscle fibers, nerves, and digestion. At the same time, excess salt leads to serious health problems.
Due to an excess of sodium in the body, water begins to accumulate, which leads to the appearance of edema. Most often they occur in the area of the hands, feet, feet, ankles. The increased amount of fluid affects blood flow and blood pressure, which can become too high.
Salt in the diet in large quantities can provoke intense thirst. The reason for this is that the body is trying to correct the ratio of water to sodium in the cells. If a person does not consume enough fluid, then it will begin to be extracted directly from the cells, which ultimately will provoke dehydration.
When salt is consumed, trips to the toilet become more frequent. Due to frequent urination, the body loses an important mineral – calcium. If this happens on an ongoing basis, then a disease such as osteoporosis can develop. Some studies have also shown that excess salt can lead to ulcers and even stomach cancer.
The daily salt intake for an adult is no more than 5 grams, which is equal to one teaspoon. In addition, experts recommend iodized salt to avoid a lack of iodine in the body, because this problem occurs in many people.
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