Salt Part II

In the first part of my series on salt, I discussed the historical significance of salt and its role in the evolution of humanity. Salt has been a highly prized substance for thousands of years across all cultures and continents. Yet over the past few decades, excess salt and sodium intake has been blamed for a variety of serious health conditions plaguing our country, such as heart disease, hypertension, and stroke.


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  1. Alice says:

    Harmful effects of excess salt on body

    i. Salt is a stimulant: It is stimulant. It stimulates Sympathetic Nervous System and adrenal glands and creates stress arousal. That’s why it comes under the category of stress food.

    ii. High blood pressure: Excessive salt causes water retention in the body and increases the blood volume and cardiac output resulting into High Blood Pressure. Considerable fall in B.P. is observed with reduction in dietary salt intake in Hypertension.

    iii. Weakening of bones: Eating too much salt can pull calcium from the bones making them weak More calcium is also excreted in the urine with the ingestion of more table salt.

    iv. Effect on Kidneys: Excess salt puts a heavy burden on kidneys because they have to work harder to remove the excess salt. Hence they may gradually weaken. Kidneys can’t remove more than 4-5 gm of salt per day. Remaining salt not able to be excreted gives rise to undesirable ailments in the body.

    v. Increase in weight: Excess salt in the body increases the weight of the body because of the following reason. Kidneys eliminate excess salt from the body by filtering out the sodium that makes up part of the salt compound. In case kidneys work less efficiently either because they have gone weak or because of lowered blood supply to them (because of weak heart), the kidneys excrete sodium less efficiently and more sodium is retained in the body. Since the kidneys are geared to maintain a fixed proportion of sodium to water in the blood, excess salt in the body means excess water too and hence excess weight of the body.

    vi. Worsening of Oedema: Salt makes oedema worse and should be avoided in all oedematous states whether due to liver, kidney or endocrine diseases.

    vii. Hardening of arteries: Table salt is not completely soluble in water and tends to harden the arteries by its excessive use. For good health, that salt is required which is entirely soluble in water. High temperatures used for making table salt and elements like potassium chloride and sulphate and other chlorides tend to inhibit the dissolving of salt in water.

    viii. Salt increases uric acid: Excess of salt interferes with the elimination of certain wastes of the system like uric acid and therefore contributes indirectly to various diseases like gout etc.

    ix. Bronchial and Lung problems: Deficiency of organic sodium in table salt results in bronchial and lung problems because organic sodium is required for the elimination of CO2 from the system.

    x. Gastric cancer (Stomach cancer) is associated with high levels of sodium.

    xi. exercise-induced asthma. On the other hand, another source counters, “…we still don’t know whether salt contributes to asthma.

    Any so-called iodized salt has synthetic iodine added to it simply because the product is refined or processed. Plain and simple! The salt industry played a major role in goiters (enlargement of the thyroid gland, swelling of the neck) and underdevelopment (midgets). Midgets are the sad result of iodine deficiency in the mother. Females are very critical and important creatures. So much of other lives (babies) are dependent upon them.

    When refining natural sodium, iodine is naturally lost. However, the initial crude oil extract-based salt of the oil industry actually destroyed the thyroid gland, which is primarily comprised of iodine, and which regulates growth (as well as metabolism). So to help prevent iodine deficiency-related pathologies and abnormalities due to salt consumption, the salt industry started to iodize its salt. You see, there’s a reason for everything! However, this synthetic iodine is very poisonous! Synthetic anything is poisonous! So it’s wise to just shun synthetic chemicals.

    High concentrations of salt in the stomach appear to induce gene activity in the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori, making it more virulent and increasing the likelihood of an infected person developing a severe gastric disease.

    High Salt Diet Linked to Stomach Ulcers and Stomach Cancer.

    Salt has been found to increase the growth and action of H. pylori, thus increasing the risk of cancer. Salt may also act as an irritant/inflammatory agent of the stomach lining, which can expose it to carcinogens.

    The toxic refined salt causes inflammation. The refined salt builds up in your organs, muscles and tissues hardening your arteries and damaging your kidneys. Many researchers contend that one of the primary contributors to the increased number of Americans on kidney dialysis and the increase in the demand for organ transplants is directly related to the use of refined salt in fast food stores, packaged foods and on the family dinner table.

    Despite the fact that the average American consumes as much as five times the RDA of salt, sodium is still the number-one mineral deficiency. The reason is table salt (including iodized salt, a form of refined table salt with iodine added) is toxic and cannot be assimilated because of the body’s struggle to break down the added anti-caking agent ( sodium aluminosilicate, a man-made synthetic chemical) that causes an increase in blood pressure.

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