Wellbeing

Reasons why you should reduce your salt intake

The World Health Organization maintains that one of the best strategies to improve the population's health is to reduce salt consumption.

High blood pressure caused by salt consumption contributes to at least 40% of all heart diseases and strokes, representing 45% of non-communicable diseases.

Hypertension is a significant health risk in the United States, especially in Latino communities.

The food consumed outside the home is dangerous due to its hidden salt content; there is no information on the amount of sodium they have.

There are consequences of excessive salt consumption that you don´t see as severe, but that seriously harm your health:

SWELLING

Fluid retention is caused by consuming excess salt. It can cause pain, the person feels uncomfortable, and with reduced mobility. If the kidneys do not work well, the swelling worsens.

DEHYDRATION

When you eat a lot of salty food, your mouth and throat feel dry, even if it isn’t easily noticeable. . Sodas or soft drinks also have salt, which you can only solve by drinking water.

WEIGHT GAIN

Excess salt consumption leads to wanting and eating more foods with excess fat, which gets worse when you have a sedentary life.

ACNE AND SKIN DAMAGE

Like sugar consumption, overeating salt has an immediate effect on the skin: acne, eye bags, blemishes—signs of fatigue and premature wrinkles.

HEADACHE

Salt causes the blood vessels in the brain to dilate, which is why tingling and pressure can appear in the temple area.

 

HYPERTENSION

And worst of all, the development of long-term hypertension can turn into a serious disease.

 

 

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