Salt is a vital mineral that is needed for the healthy functioning of the human body. However, most modern diets contain too much salt and consuming too much can lead to hypernatremia, or an imbalance of the amounts of salt and water in the body, in the short term, and increased blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis in the long term. The recommended daily intake for the average person is around 6 grams of salt per day, but average consumption is closer to twice that number. So how do you tell when you are consuming too much salt?

Excessive sweat 
Intake of too much of salt can provoke the sweat glands and results into excessive sweating and makes you feel uncomfortable especially during the hot period, so consume less salt. Those who are obese shouldn't consume high amounts of salt in order to reduce their perspiration level.


Hypernatremia occurs when a person becomes dehydrated and the kidneys cannot cope with excess salt in the bloodstream. This condition can happen when people have been vomiting, or have a fever, or when they are exercising too much, not replacing fluids and have too much salt in their system from drinking salty sports drinks or tablets, or from salty foods. This is a serious condition that can lead to brain damage, and anyone with the symptoms of it should be given fluids, then seen by a doctor. Some of the symptoms include irritability, muscle cramps, confusion, depression and vomiting.


Salt can cause water retention as the body tries to dilute the salt with large amounts of water. This can cause bloating which is uncomfortable and may be unattractive. The best way to reduce this bloating is to drink more water, which will help to flush the salt out of your system.

Excessive Thirst

Generally people who are consuming too much salt tend to also be more thirsty, although this could also be caused by environmental or lifestyle factors, or by other underlying conditions like diabetes. If you are drinking a lot more water lately and didn't make a decision to do so, it might be worth going to get a blood test.

Raise heart beat

Too much of salt intake in your diet can result in the cavity forcing too much of blood into the heart vessels, hence resulting into high blood pressure, and if someone is diagnosed with high BP and you not watching your salt intake, then it can be detrimental to your health.


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