SALT AWARENESS WEEKMarch 11, 2021
SALT AWARENESS WEEK
Salt/sodium (hereafter referred to as salt) in the human body system is good because it maintains proper fluid balance as well as transmit nerve impulses to the body. However, when the salt level in the body is too high, it prevents the proper systems in the body to proceed as usual and this is danger to the body and leads to certain diseases.
Salt awareness week 11-17 March, reminds us and creates awareness on the dangers of high salt levels in the body and what we can do to ensure that correct, nutritional and balanced salt levels are maintained in our bodies.
Today, our focus will be on the top two negative and positive effects of salt, the signs that we may experience due to high or low salt levels.
Firstly, it is important to understand that salt is an essential element to a human body because, according to health experts, salt transmits nerve impulses, contracts and relaxes muscle fibers like the heart and blood vessels, as well as maintain a proper fluid balance.
However, salt in the body becomes a problem when the level of salt is too high. As highlighted above, salt ensures that a proper fluid balance is kept in the body. A high level of salt causes “traffic” in the bloodstream because the level is high and the kidneys cannot excrete the salt. It is important to understand that the kidney’s key function is to excrete/remove waste in the body. When the bloodstream is condensed with high salt levels, the kidney fails to perform its function of removing waste.
Too much salt in the body can lead to heart disease or kidney failure. This is when organs start to fail because the kidneys could not remove the waste in the system.
The two negative effects of high levels of salt in the body include:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
Salt helps the body to:
- Transmit nerve
- Maintains proper fluid balance
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