Health Tips: Why Salt is good for you

Salt

Hmm definitely I are talking about what makes momma's food taste so great.
The common table salt (a.k.a Sodium Chloride) is that simple ingredient which makes your food come alive and without it the hours or minutes spent in the kitchen preparing a meal are wasted.




Without science and medical qualifications I believe that is good for me, for you and everyone else.

We are always trying to make the right diet choices. Sometimes going extreme with ingredients or going below its required value.

Salt is that ingredient that certainly applying too little or too much would not be acceptable.

But is this ingredient dangerous or helpful health wise


Studies has proven that salt isn't dangerous but taking eating little or too much has certain repercussions

In this article we will talk about why Salt is good for you


It is necessary for growth and reproduction

Studies have shown that too little or lack of salt in our diet slows down growth process and causes people to die prematurely. Also a study carried out shows that reduced sodium diet leads to health problems and it shows that people who consume less that the recommended daily intake have a significantly higher risk of death compared to people consuming exactly or above the recommended daily intake.

It aids blood pressure control

Consuming so little salt is  unhealthy as we know it. According to a study a low sodium diet was seen to have resulted in a 3.5% decrease in blood pressure for people with hypertension, although this is not scientifically supported. This decrease may be good for them but it also lead to other health complications. It raised their cholesterol and increased the levels of aldesterone and norepinephine. All these things are known risk factors of heart disease.

Salt is needed to maintain body fluid equilibrium
Salt takes an important role in regulating the water content and balance in the body.
The amount of water present in the body needs to stay within a certain range.
This range is maintained by the intake and excretion of salt (through sweating and eating). So After an exercise or any physical activity you need to replace the salt lost by taking water with salt. Just taking water alone can lead to a fluid imbalance known as Hyponatremia which can be deadly.

Salt aids nerve impulses transmission

The human body thrives by the information it receives. A quick and valuable response to activities around it  raises the chances of survival of that organism.
In humans this information is transmitted as impulses.
The sodium ion present in salt helps to transmit this impulses from one part of the body to the brain and to the required part of the body which reacts to the information received. Reduction in salt intake reduces the amount of sodium present in the body which will in turn reduce the efficiency of the nervous system. This leads to a harmful electrolyte imbalance which then leads to cramps, dizziness and other neurological problems like Neurological: tumour, trauma, infection, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Dysautonomia which occurs in rare cases when the autonomic nervous system malfunctions. Salt is actually given as a treatment.

Salt improves sleep quality

Studies have shown that an increase in salt intake lead to an increase in the elimination of cortisol and thereby lowers blood cortisol levels.
It also reduce physical and mental stress by calming adrenaline spikes which cause you heart to go racing when you wake up suddenly at night.
All these boosts anti stress qualities and suppresses stress hormones thereby leading to a Quality Night sleep and an increased metabolic rate.

And lastly ladies and Gentlemen Salt makes food taste better.

My mom's greatest ingredient (in her soup)
This is no secret
Lets try making a meal and sparing it of the sweetening ingredient and find out how it taste?
Tasteless right?
Slat in the right amounts makes your food mouth watering. While in lesser or higher amounts it can run down an appetite.


Conclusion

Consumable Salt comes in two types
The regular processed salt which most of us consume.
The unrefined salt
If you are searching for something more than just the good taste of a meal, then i recommended the unrefined salt because it is rich in trace minerals and free of additives.

Note: The daily recommended intake is 2300mg
An increase in intake is recommended for those with a slow metabolism and  malfunction of the thyroid.
However, a decrease in intake is recommended for those with kidney disease and hypertension.
It would also be safer to consult a medical personnel before considering to consume more salt.

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