Research by the Medical Research Council in South Africa found that up to 7.400 deaths per year can be prevented if the population is eating less salt. The reason is that there is a direct connection between salt intake and high blood pressure, which is a precursor of heart attacks and strokes – a disease that poses a high financial burden on most people.
The World Health Organization recommends intake of no more than 4 – 6 grams of salt per day. People often say they do not eat much salt, but researchers found that bread and margarine had the highest salt content of all the foods they tested. In addition, bread has become saltier over the years. Even sweet baked bread contains a fair amount of salt.
The very first step in treating high blood pressure is always to reduce the salt content in your diet. So be careful with fish that contain an excessive amount of salt, potato chips, all processed meat such as Viennese sausages, ham, etc.
Try to gradually reduce the amount of salt you add to your food, do not eat processed meat and try to stay away from eating fast food!
All the salt we eat must be excreted by the kidneys. The additional burden on the kidneys causes the secretion of hormones that allow the blood vessels to contract. The moisture and electrolyte balance in the body is a very complicated system, and too much salt can disturb this balance.
Also, remember that all the meat we eat contains sodium and chloride in each cell. The body constantly balances and recycles all its inherent raw materials, and we rarely need to supplement minerals. Sports drinks and electrolyte supplements often do more harm than good. Electrolyte supplements are only required in case of diarrhea and dehydration, where the body loses minerals as a result of the disease.