Getting Too Stressed? Cut Down On Your Salt Intake, Say Experts

by Shreya Rathod
Getting Too Stressed? Cut Down On Your Salt Intake, Say Experts

Remember the phrase – ‘Too much of something is good for nothing’. Well, that is the case with your level of salt intake. While salt is a basic necessity and a flavour-adding substance, too much of it can ruin your dish. Likewise, it can ruin your health. Unfortunately, packaged foods like salad dressings, canned vegetables, processed cheese, cold cuts, and more have high salt or sodium content in them. The recommended amount for salt intake in adults is less than six grams per day. However, the average consumption of salt is about nine grams on a regular basis. This can lead to high blood pressure, increased heart risk, and other medical conditions related to cardiovascular health, not to mention an increase in stress levels.

Excess Salt Intake And Its Many Ill Effects

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The Cardiovascular Research journal, recently, published a study related to stress levels. The experts at the University of Edinburgh conducted this research. It stated high-salt diet increases stress hormones by 75 per cent. A set of mice that consumed less to no salt were fed high-salt food as the specimen for research.

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The result was an increase in the stress level and the response to environmental stress. There was an increase in the activity of genes that produce proteins in the brain, which are responsible for the body’s response to stress. They concluded by saying they conducted the study to understand anxiety and the level of salt intake.

With increasing disorders and health-related concerns, it is important to maintain a balance in diet and keep stress at bay. So, eat healthily and stay healthy.

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