Link Between Salt and Heart

salt and heart disease

Indians thrive on salt. It is part of every dish and fast food that we indulge in. Salt has its way even to fresh fruits as seasoning. Keeping aside the taste part, does it really have benefits? Worse, does excess salt harm you in any way?

So, is there a link at all?

Yes it does! High levels of salt intake are directly linked to high blood pressure, heart problems and also kidney issues. Doctors and naturopaths always suggest limited intake and moderation for a hot of health reasons. Recent studies have also brought to light strong link between table salt (in addition to dietary salt) and hypertension.

Why is blood pressure bad?

Blood pressure is the gateway to other serious ailments such as kidney malfunctioning and heart strokes. In addition it also reduces the life of heart as it is always under stress

Who benefit from reduced salt intake?

Now that it is clear about the harmful effects of excess salt, everyone benefit from regulating the usage. However, certain groups benefit more readily than the others. People suffering from overweight as well as those who are elderly (over45) urgently require to lower the consumption levels of all types of salt. Chemically, salt is NaCl (sodium chloride); sodium retains water in the body adding to excess weight.

What is the way out?

A health checkup is the first step to check the current readings of your blood pressure and other vital parameters. This should be followed by an intelligent and approved diet plan. This should include all kinds of fruits and green vegetables and should exclude deep fried items, fast foods such as chips.

Those with high BP can include foods that are rich in potassium. Increased potassium intake counters the negative effects of salt and balances the diet. Other important feature is that potassium reduces fatigue and irritability while maintaining the fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. Spinach, skin of the potatoes, spinach and apricots are the best sources of potassium and help bring the body to regular functioning.