Salt/Sodium has always been of high importance to humanity. According to the American Heart Association , about 75 percent of the sodium we consume comes not from the salt shaker, but rather in processed and restaurant food.

A 2011 Australian study found that the brain responds to sodium similar to how it does for substances such as heroin, cocaine, and nicotine, which may explain why so many of us tend to overindulge in high-sodium foods. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing can actually prove deadly.

BRAIN: A 2011 Canadian study on 1,200 older sedentary adults with normal brain function found that over the course of three years, high-sodium diets were linked to increased risk of cognitive decline.

KIDNEY: Sodium plays a key role in balancing the levels of fluid in our bodies by signaling to the kidneys when to retain water and when to get rid of water. A high-sodium diet can interfere with this delicate process and reduce kidney function. The result is less water removed from the body, which may lead to higher blood pressure.

BONES: Excessive calcium excretion in the urine is believed by some experts to increase the risk of bone thinning.

HEART: Due to salt’s fluid retention effect, in some individuals excessive amounts of salt in their diet can lead to high blood pressure.High blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood, and high blood pressure can lead to many serious conditions, such as stroke and heart failure. Although blood pressure increases naturally with age. 

SKIN: Excessive salt in the diet can cause a symptom known as edema. As reported by Medical News Today , edema is characterized by swelling, particularly in the hands, arms, ankles, legs, and feet, caused by fluid retention.

STOMACH: A 1996 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that death from stomach cancer in both men and women was closely linked to salt consumption. High salt intake is also associated with stomach ulcers.

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