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The Amount of Salt Needed By The Body

According to the Wikipedia salt “is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite”

It is estimated that the body needs 186 mg of salt per day to function properly. It might be impossible to consume this little, therefore the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends that healthy adults consume 1,500 mg (1.5 grams) of salt per day. Also, the IOM, USDA and US Department of Health and Human Services recommend that healthy adults limit their daily salt intake to less than 2,300 mg (2.3), which is equivalent to one teaspoon of salt. The WHO suggests consuming 2,000 mg (2 grams) of sodium per day and the American Heart Association advises a much lower intake of 1,500 mg (1.5 grams) per day. Salt must be taken in the right proportion, not too much and not too little, as inadequate amount of sodium in your diet can also lead to low blood pressure (hypotension).

Salts indeed has health benefits, but too much consumption of salt can be very hazardous to the body.

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