Excessive salt consumption is not without health consequences. But we are not always aware of having too heavy a hand. So, here are 4 signs that should alert you.
A great thirst
Eating sodium-rich foods increases the feeling of thirst. The brain sends this information in order to restore the water balance of the body. Indeed, when salt is consumed in excess, the body draws water from the cells, which creates an imbalance. As a reminder, the WHO recommends not to exceed 5 grams of salt per day.
A diet that is too salty can cause excess gas to build up in the intestine. This increases the risk of bloating by about 27%, finds a study published in the journal American Journal of Gastroenterology. According to the researchers, salt could modify the intestinal fermentation of fibers.
A feeling of swelling
Imbalance between the amount of water absorbed and evacuated, water retention generally results in a feeling of swelling and heaviness. And excess salt can cause, or worsen, symptoms. And for good reason, this condiment retains water and prevents its elimination, just like sugar.
high blood pressure
Excess sodium intake also contributes to increased blood pressure (pressure inside the arteries), which forces the heart to work harder. Knowing that we speak of high blood pressure, or arterial hypertension, when the values are equal to or greater than 140/90 mmHg.