Did you know the average Australian consumes 8-9 times more salt than the recommended one teaspoon per day?
Did you know that 75% of our salt intake comes from processed foods alone?
Research has stated that Australians put on excess of 1kg per year with an increase in salt consumption. Sodium, commonly known as Salt, is necessary for the body and is important for transporting fluids and blood around the body. However, too much salt can negatively affect the body, increase blood pressure and increase risk of developing heart disease or stroke. The kidneys are responsible for processing salt, if consumed in excess, this forces he kidneys to work harder, and further, increases water retention, resulting in greater risk of developing kidney disease
High salt intake also increases blood pressure; this forces the heart to work harder in order to pump blood through the body. Salt has been known to attach to arteries and assist in the formation of plaque. Plaque build up in the arteries increases blood pressure as the heart needs work harder to to pump blood through the blockages caused by the plaques.
Fortunately, there are simple ways to decrease your salt intake and decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke! Decreasing salt intake by 3 grams per day leads to a 22% decrease in heart disease and stroke. Decreasing salt intake also relieves some pressure from the kidneys; the kidneys are designed to filter, but an overload of salt means the kidneys can't keep up, resulting in water retention and forcing the kidneys and heart work harder,
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