With fast food chains taking over the American diet, salt has become as big of an issue as sugar. Eating too much salt can be harmful to the body. But what can you do? Almost all of the food that is produced in the market has so much sodium in it that it is kind of impossible to avoid salt altogether. But just because it cannot be avoided, there are ways to lessen sodium consumption. If one does not lower their salt intake, there may be consequences that will follow. Here are some of the harmful effects of eating too much salt.
Can cause dehydration.
Eating too much salty food can cause dehydration. That is because salt is a compound that causes one to get thirsty. Too much to drink can cause harm just as much as not drinking enough. However, not being able to drink enough water will cause the body to extract water from the cells, dehydrating the body and harming the health of a person. Because of the excess water, people who eat a lot of salty food are more likely to go to the bathroom every minute or so, and thus causing dehydration.
Can produce kidney stones.
Kidney stones are some people’s worst nightmares not only because of the effects, but the thought of salt rocks growing inside the kidneys can be terrifying. To the more lucky ones, they might be able to pee the salt rocks out of their system, despite the stinging pain that comes with it. They are rocks going through a narrow pathway after all. But to those who are unlucky, these stones can grow bigger and bigger until they will make the kinda malfunction and they will have to get it surgically removed.
Can cause ulcers.
Whenever you feel a stinging pain and it feels like something is clawing through your stomach, then you must have stomach ulcer. Too much salt intake can cause ulcer, a condition in which the lining of the stomach is deteriorating due to the excess acid production of the stomach. Just like kidney stones, if left unchecked, a person with ulcer might have to go to the doctor and get it surgically removed. It is a painful situation to go through which is why it is important to lessen sodium intake to avoid such predicaments.
Even though salty food is life, keep in mind that everything has to be taken in moderation.