Sodium chloride, or simply salt, can be a wonderful addition to cooked foods because it adds such a good and unique flavor that gives good taste to almost all dishes. On the other hand, salt can keep the blood pressure at normal levels, ensures that your muscles function properly because it helps the body to maintain the fluid levels and prevent them from getting high. But, crossing the line when it comes to this compound’s consumption can have dangerous consequences, so start eating less salt if you have one of these 8 signs.
1. You are thirsty all the time
If you are constantly thirsty, then it may be a sign of high salt consumption because your body needs more fluids to flush out the system in order to keep your organs and muscles functioning normally. That is why your body starts telling you to drink more water (if you don’t do so, it will start getting it from other places, which causes dehydration).
Salt does a good job of retaining water but consuming much salt can cause bad water retention that leads to ankles, under the eyes, feet, arms, and hands swelling. So if your wring suddenly decided not to come out or if your feet are suddenly swollen, then you should consider consuming less salt.
3. Achy bones
When your body demands more water to flush out the sodium, you start urinating a little bit more frequently than usual, and although this sounds good, you should know that the more you urinate the more calcium you lose (normal urination does not cause any significant loss, but the more you do the more you lose). In the end, your bones will start hurting because they need calcium to stay strong and in shape. Furthermore, calcium deficiency can cause osteoporosis.
4. Kidney stones
As mentioned before, frequent urination can carry out salt and calcium in your urine, and that combination is not good, because when it runs through the kidney, it can most likely cause kidney stones in the long run.
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