Side effects of table salt you should know about

Written by Editorial Team | Published : April 2, 2019 7:21 PM IST


Salt is an essential part of your food which also helps you to meet the daily sodium requirement of your body. Despite its benefits, when you go overboard with your salt intake, you invite various health complications such as high blood pressure, impairing the functionality of your kidneys and even osteoporosis, a health condition that affects your bone density, making them weak and prone to injuries. According to WHO estimates, consuming less than 5 grams of salt per day can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues along with curbing your blood pressure levels. The world health body further seeks to take down the salt intake by 30 per cent globally which will help them to save about 2.5 million deaths across the world. Here, we tell you about the possible side-effects of table salt.


Leads to weight gain: Unlike sugar which directly causes obesity, salt can increase the insulin production and extra insulin indicates your body to store extra fat. Studies have shown that salt-induced thirst can make people opt for calorie-rich beverages which causes sudden weight gain.  Also Read - Dietary Intervention May Help Reduce PCOS Symptoms, Says Studies


Develops kidney stone: The main function of your kidneys is to filter blood and eliminate extra salts and minerals from your body. Too much intake of salt, increases sodium levels in your body which affects your kidneys by making it difficult for them to clean blood.

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Weaken your bones: Since, extra salt is responsible to impair the functions of your kidney, it will lead to the formation of calcium crystals in your urine. When the calcium is lost via urination, it reduces your bone density, making them more susceptible to injury. Also Read - 5 Tips To Build Effective Time Management Skills In Children


Dehydration: When you go overboard with salt intake, your body starts to pull water from cells which causes dehydration. You may experience stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhoea in this condition and it may also lead to dry skin, or decreased urination.


Raises your blood pressure: This is one of the most common problems you can experience when you consume excess amount of salt. High blood pressure puts you more at risk of having a heart attack, stroke. Also, your doctor will recommend you cut down on your salt intake if you are a blood pressure patient. Also Read - Revolutionizing PCOD and PCOS Treatment: The Promise of Regenerative Medicine