How Much Salt Is Too Much?
Salt is often demonized as a poison that you must eliminate completely from any healthy food plan. However, the truth is more complex. Salt, or sodium chloride by its scientific name, is our primary source of sodium, which is necessary for human functioning. Too much salt can have a serious harmfulPosted — Updated
Salt diabetes (diabetes insipidus), caused by malfunction of the osmostat, is a relatively rare disease, which requires strict monitoring of the body's sodium level.
Though hypertension is a more widely known medical condition, it is possible to suffer from low blood pressure (hypotension). Its symptoms include dizziness, fainting, mental confusion, and potentially even death. Interestingly athletes and long distance runners tend to have lower blood pressure than the general population. Because of the amount sweat they lose while exercising, they need to monitor their sodium levels carefully to avoid a dangerous drop. Part of the treatment plan for low blood pressure may entail upping your salt intake, frequently in conjunction with an increase in fluids. But always check with your health care professional before making any major changes in your diet.
The US National Institutes of Health prescribe a maximum consumption of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day for the average adult in good health, and bump that down to 1,500 for people with high blood pressure They suggest lowering the amount even more for adults with cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, or kidney disease, although they don't state a specific amount. The British National Health Service goes a step further in advising 2,400 milligrams of sodium (which translates to 6 grams of salt) for those 11 years of age and older, 2,000 mg for 7- to 10-year-olds, 1,200 mg for ages 4 to 6, and 800 mg for toddlers. As for a minimum requirement, Health Canada recommends 1,500 mg for adolescents and adults to age 50, with proportionally smaller amounts for young children and seniors.