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Are You Eating Too Much Salt?

By Sara Butler

Salt is a touchy subject. Your body needs it to work optimally, but too much can wreak havoc on your health and the function of your body. Going overboard on the salty stuff is easy to do and chances are, you're getting way more salt than you need. Here are a few signs your body may be sending that it's time to cut back on the salt.

You're Thirsty

Foods that have a lot of salt such as chips, pizza, and even spaghetti sauce can make you feel thirsty. That's because the amount of salt in your body throws off the natural fluid balance it tries to maintain. If you eat a bunch of salt over the course of the day, then you'll feel the need to drink more water because your body is craving it. Most people think thirst is a sign of dehydration, but it's also a sign of too much salt!

Strange Swelling

When your body holds onto extra fluids, as it often does when you eat too much salt, that's a process called edema. This can be a symptom of something else going awry in your body, but it can also be a sign that you're eating too much salt. The easiest solution to this swelling is to cut back on the amount of salt in your diet.

Kidney Stones

If you've ever had kidney stones, then chances are you want to do what you can to avoid them in the future. One way you can reduce your risk is to cut back on the salt you eat. That's because too much salt can increase the protein found in your urine and it's the protein that creates an ideal environment or kidney stones to form.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is often called the silent killer because many people don't have symptoms of high blood pressure that they notice. It's dangerous to your health because it taxes your heart and can lead to death. One way to help reduce your blood pressure levels is to stick to the American Heart Association recommendation of no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium in your diet per day. Most people should aim for about 1,500 milligrams per day to stay healthy, so talk to your healthcare professional about what is the right amount for you to help keep your blood pressure in check.

Do you eat too much salt? Then it's time to cut back. Talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic about how to achieve that goal.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Queen Creek, Ariz.

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