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Salt is one of the mostly consumed flavour and condiment in the whole world. The truth is that salt has a very great taste that add sweetness to our food and everyone craves to consume this salt often. We need to know about the good and the bad part of eating salt. Is salt actually good for the body? Is salt bad for the body? How should salt be taken? We shall know when we go through this short piece. Here are some facts you should know about salt:

- The essential minerals in salt act as important electrolytes in the body. They help with fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function.

- Salt promotes healthy hydration levels and electrolyte balance, which is necessary for organs to function properly. Your cells, muscles, and tissues need water, and salt helps these parts of your body maintain the right amount of fluid. Inadequate hydration can cause dehydration, making you more susceptible to muscle cramps, dizziness, and fatigue. 

- Eating too much salt increase your chance of having gastric cancer.

- Some amount of salt is naturally found in most foods. It's also frequently added to foods in order to improve flavor.

- Historically, salt was used to preserve food. High amounts can prevent growth of the bacteria that cause food to go bad.

- Consuming too much salt through food could be harmful

- Frequent urination is a classic sign that you are consuming too much salt

- Consuming too much salt can leave you feeling thirsty most of the time

- The amount of salt you eat has a direct effect on your blood pressure.

- Salt makes your body hold on to water. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure.

- If you eat too much salt, your kidneys may not be able to filter excess sodium from your bloodstream. Sodium builds up in your system, and your body holds onto extra water in an attempt to dilute the sodium. This can cause water retention and bloating. 

- Eating too much salt may mean that blood pressure medicines (such as diuretics) don't work as well as they could.

- Cutting down on salt is much more than just stopping yourself from adding salt to your cooking or at the table. Did you know that 80% of the salt you eat every day is "hidden" in the processed foods you eat?

To cut down your salt intake:

- Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Skip processed foods, like cured meats, canned goods, bagged items, and frozen foods, and spend more time in the produce aisle.

- Read labels of food product you are buying: don’t purchase canned goods or processed items with more than 200 mg of sodium per serving. Bear in mind that a product labeled “no salt” may have other ingredients that contain sodium. 

- Cook without salt. Experiment with herbs and spices for flavoring, such as oregano, garlic, thyme, chili powder, rosemary, and any other seasoning in your cupboard. Also avoid adding extra salt at the table.

- Try as much as possible to prepare your own food: restaurant items contain higher amounts of sodium to keep the food fresh. Cook your own food to control the sodium. Before eating out, check a restaurant’s nutritional menu online to find low-sodium selections.

- Be mindful of natural sources of sodium. Meat, dairy products, bread, and shellfish all contain sodium, so be sure to regulate your intake of these foods if you’re watching your salt intake.

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