With the growing popularity of eating healthy, salt has been pinpointed as one of the main detriments to good health. Low sodium diets are becoming the new rage and people are starting to stay away from fast foods and snacks that contain copious amounts of salt.
Of course, it’s important to have sodium in your diet. It’s necessary for survival. But, too much sodium can really take a toll on your body, especially for your heart and kidneys. The optimal sodium intake should be around 2,300mg/day. This may seem hard at first but if you simply cut out unhealthy snacks, fast food and other processed foods you’ll find it’s actually quite simple! Below, we’ve listed some of the amazing results that will happen when you start eating a low sodium diet.
Lower blood pressure
Increased salt intake is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. By eating too much salt you put a strain on your arteries which in turn causes them to become thicker, leading to high blood pressure. By continuing this cycle, the arteries can eventually burst or clog up completely causing a heart attack.
Reducing salt intake, helps regulate the push and pull between this cycle and lowers your overall blood pressure. It also helps the kidneys function properly by allowing them to pull out extra water and toxins that build up in your body.
Salt, as we know, attracts water and can lead to unnecessary weight gain and bloating through water retention. People who have cut excess amounts of salt out of their diet have seen significant drops in the weight and even a flatter stomach after only 1-2 weeks! This is not only due to “water weight” but the accumulation of toxins. By limiting salt intake, your body is better able to process and flush out the bad things that have built up over the years.
As mentioned before, salt is linked with retaining toxins in the body as well as causing build up. This has a direct effect on skin, not just on the face but all over the body. Skin problems such as acne or eczema are the body’s way of trying to get rid of these excess toxins. So, by cutting out salt you help your body flush out these toxins in other ways, like through the kidneys. This way the toxins go through your urine and not through your face. Cutting out salt can also slow down aging signs like wrinkles and improve collage production for a more youthful complexion.
Do you ever wonder why you feel so tired and sluggish after eating a burger and fries? It’s because of all that excess salt. The strain it puts on your digestive organs it what makes you tired and puts you into a food coma. That’s why people who tend to eat more vegetables and fruit always seem to have more energy. When you’re body doesn’t have to do as much work processing your food, it frees up energy for you to use in other areas, like work or exercise.
Improved brain functions
Again, eating too much salt can put a strain on your mental processes. By raising your blood pressure, you directly damage the arteries which lead to the brain, causing slower blood flow and therefore slower thinking. Lowering your sodium intake will allow more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the brain. This can help lessen the risk of disease such as dementia and strokes as well as increasing your ability to think faster and more accurately.