Salt is responsible for many changes in the human body. Eating salty foods makes you thirsty, but in the long term it actually makes you drink less water. Drinking less water triggers a state of constant hunger, helped by elevated sodium levels.
This is why high salt diets contribute to weight gain.
The discovery was possible due to the efforts of German and American researchers that have studied the nutritional and metabolic systems of a group of subjects in a tightly controlled environment for months.
What they found out was unexpected and surprising.
It was then proved that on a high-salt diet, the body wanted to prevent water loss, so the kidneys had to find ways to increase water content, thus making the subject less thirsty.
At the same time, high-salt diets are associated with a breakdown in muscle protein that is converted into urea, a chemical that enables the kidneys to reabsorb fluid and prevent water loss while salt is excreted.
What is more disturbing is the truth behind the negative influences salt actually has on the human body. A high-salt diet triggers an increase in glucocorticoids and it could predispose people to other chronic health problems. It could also potentially raise the risk of metabolic syndrome, a combination of three of more factors for heart disease and diabetes.
So think twice before adding salt to your meal.
Also, remember, the dangerous sodium does not come from table salt, it is however found in restaurant meals and processed foods that are high in sugar, saturated fats and simple carbs. So there are plenty of reasons to limit these in your diet.
‘’Try eating less of everything and you will automatically eat less sodium’’ is the main wisdom of the story.