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Monday, August 17, 2009

What Salt Can Do To Your Health

I have been eating home-cooked meals since I arrived here in the Philippines. Though I'm pigging out a lot, I'm also sharing in my dad's low-sodium food, so I guess it's not too bad. I thought it would not be fun to eat somewhat tasteless food, but it just a matter of getting used to the taste.

I read that salt can be damaging to our health and has been linked to many illnesses, including cancer, asthma, Alzheimer's, PMS, stroke, and cardiovascular disease to name a few. So if you want to be healthy, you should cut down on salt intake. Salt is very dehydrating to our bodies. When excess salt enters our bloodstream, the body is forced to store it between cells until our kidneys can deal with it. While it is there it causes a burning effect on the tissue. The tissue cells protect itself by releasing water to dilute the salt. When cells lose water they lose elasticity and shrink. This causes an imbalance as a result of the low of potassium. Having low potassium results in more salt penetrating the cell walls and when sodium levels rise, waters enters to dilute it. This causes the cell to become swollen and this continuous disruption to the cell's fluid balance in time calcifies and destroys the muscles, valves and arteries of the entire coronary system.

Completely cut out table/sea salt if you want to be healthy and lose weight. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and greens and this will help you completely eradicate salty cravings and also help you enjoy the finer things in life - fresh whole ripe natural foods.

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1 comment:

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