FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 50 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

Eating Too Much Salt Damages Heart

Salt, table salt or common 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. Salt is present in vast quantities in seawater, where it is the main mineral constituent. Salt is essential for life in general, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes, but eating too much salt raises blood pressure and can damage our heart. Salt makes our body hold on to water. So, the more salt we eat, the higher our blood pressure. The higher our blood pressure, the greater the strain on our heart, arteries, kidneys, and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease.sodium in salt increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Also, eating too much salt mean that blood pressure medicines (such as diuretics) don’t work as well as they could.

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