People love using salt to cook in order to give the food a sweet taste. Salt contains sodium and when you too much of it, water retention high blood pressure and other health conditions may occur. When your salt intake in a day is more than 6 grams, then you are consuming too much sodium. There are some signs your body will show when your salt intake is high.
Below are the signs you will notice when your salt intake is high.
1. Frequent headaches
When your salt intake is high, you will start experiencing frequent headaches. This happens because your brain gets dehydrated during the process of regulating your salt level.
2. Difficulty concentrating.
When your salt intake is high, blood will not flow properly to your brain. When the brain cells doesn't get enough blood, you will find it difficult to concentrate on a particular thing.
3. When your blood pressure keeps rising.
This is a very important sign that should never be ignored. Once your blood pressure keeps rising, you will need to reduce your salt intake. This is because excessive salt consumption makes your blood pressure to rise.
When there is too much sodium in your system, you will get thirsty frequently. This happens because your body needs more water to help remove excess salt from your system.
5. Water retention.
When your salt intake is high, your body will find it difficult to get rid of water properly. This will then lead to water retention, that is swelling in some parts of your body.
6. You crave for salty foods.
When you always feel like consuming salty foods, that is a sign that your salt intake is high. This happens because your taste buds are now familiar with salty foods
7. Frequent urination.
This may be a sign that your salt level is high. You tend to urinate frequently in order to get rid of excess salt via your urine.
When your salt intake is very high, there are foods you can consume to help remove excess salt from your body.
Below are the foods.
1. Potassium-rich foods.
Foods that are high in potassium are very important to help flush out excess salt from your system. This is because potassium serves as an electrolyte that helps regulate the salt-water balance. Foods like beans, broccoli, beet, potatoes and bananas contain potassium.
2. Water-rich foods
Watermelon, celery, cucumber, pawpaw, lettuce and other water rich foods helps to remove excess salt from your body. When you consume these foods, it will increase your urine frequency, thereby regulating your salt level.
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