This Everyday Ingredient in Your Spice Cabinet is Actually a Dangerous Toxin
There is an ingredient that almost everybody in the world uses daily to spice up their meals, but turns out, it may actually be deadly for you: salt.
Table salt, sea salt, iodized salt – whichever version you prefer, chances are that you probably never go a day without it. Even if you prepare all your meals yourself, it is pretty difficult to go without salt in your diet. But what if you knew that it could actually have bad side effects for your health?
While your body definitely needs some of the sodium from salt, most of us just have too much of it. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for sodium is 200 milligrams. However, it is estimated that the average American eats over 3,400 milligrams of salt each day. If you’re counting, that is almost 17 times more than the RDA.
In fact, if you’re eating a table-salt free diet, with most of your calories coming from plainly cooked and raw whole foods, you will easily meet your 200 milligrams a day. There is really no need to add additional salt to your meals for health’s sake. There is a reason why it is not okay to drink sea water – it can actually kill you.
Here are 3 reasons why salt can be dangerous for your health.
1. Salt causes water retention.
The first reason is more of a frustration than a danger, but it is still uncomfortable and cause pain. Salt causes you to retain water. Why, because table salt is considered toxic in larger amounts, and anything your body perceives as a toxin is going to cause water retention because your body is trying to dilute the toxin to lessen its effects on you. When your body retains water, you are going to look and feel bloated and there may be gastrointestinal discomfort to go along with that.
2. Salt is dangerous for your heart health and blood pressure.
Too much salt can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, causing it to skyrocket. Eventually, some very scary things may happen, such as, damage and weakness to your heart, arteries and other organs. Your risk of cardiovascular disease is also going to increase greatly. Kidney failure and stroke is also a side effect of having too much sodium in your diet.
3. Salt throws your electrolytes out of whack.
This may not sound dangerous, but too much sodium can cause fluid imbalance inside your body, and it is a very serious health problem. Fluid and electrolyte balance is a very delicate thing and imbalance can lead to death. Additionally, when your blood contains extra fluid, your kidneys have to use osmosis to flush out the excess water through urine in your bladder. When you stuff your body with sodium, your kidneys ability to remove water is halted as now your body needs the extra fluid to stay to dilute the sodium. This is what can cause really high blood pressure.
To reduce the dangerous effects of excess sodium in your life, you should seriously consider cutting out as much added salt as you can from your diet. It may be difficult, but it is not impossible, and it may just be the best thing you could do for your health, especially if you are genetically predisposed to heart trouble and high blood pressure.
Additionally, you need to stay adequately hydrated. So make sure to drink enough water to counterbalance the salt you’re eating, but don’t overdo it, or that could lead to imbalance as well. Two extra glasses a day should go a long way if you’re not changing much in your high sodium diet.