Almost everybody consumes salt, salt can be consumed in so many ways either through food, fruits, etc. it is very important in the human body and it has unique taste on food even the bible tells us how God wants us to be the salt of the earth, that is to describe how important salt is, but too much intake of salt is dangerous to human health.
These are the effects of salt.
Advantages of consuming moderate salt
1. It helps the thyroid to function properly: The body needs mineral iodine found in salt and other food materials to work. This helps the thyroid in his metabolic role. An iodine deficiency prevents your body from producing thyroid hormone.
2. It improves symptoms of cystic fibrosis: Someone living with cystic fibrosis needs salt because they lose more salt in their sweat compare to normal people. More salt and water is needed to avoid dehydration.
3. Help prevents low blood pressure: salt in your diet can also prevent low blood pressure which causes dizziness, nausea, fainting, and blurry vision. If 90/60 (mmHg) readings are low, blood pressure is considered low.
4. Help to keep the body hydrated: salt helps in the electrolyte balance of the body and promotes healthy hydration levels. Inadequate hydration causes dehydration.
Disadvantages of consuming excess salt
1. Higher risk of osteoporosis: The more intake of salt the more calcium you lose, unfortunately when calcium is not found in the body, the body will absorb from the bone, leading to a bone problem.
2. It causes more water retention: eating too much salt can lead to organ failure especially your kidneys, it may not have the power to filter excess salt (sodium) from your bloodstream. The body holds extra water, the process of diluting the buildup sodium in your body, leads to water retention and bloating.
3. Damages cardiovascular organs: when a large quantity of water added pressure to your heart and blood vessels, it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Causing damages to your cardiovascular organs.
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