Too much salt is not good for your kidneys


As kidneys are the organs responsible for balancing the amount of sodium, or salt, in our body, eating too much salt will place an extra burden on them. — TNS

Sodium is a mineral that your body needs to function well.

When you combine sodium with the mineral, chloride, the two make table salt.

Sodium is added to many processed foods, including packaged and frozen meals.

Many recipes call for salt in the ingredients, and many people add table salt to their food for flavour.

But according to Mayo Clinic nephrologist Dr Ivan Porter II, adding too much salt to your diet is not a good thing.

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that adding salt to your food can increase your risk of chronic kidney disease.

Your kidneys balance the amount of sodium in your body.

If you’re getting too much, it builds up in your blood.

Your heart works harder to pump and increases blood pressure, raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

“Chronic kidney disease – that’s the way we describe what occurs when the kidney has issues with filtering wastes and toxins from the blood,” says Dr Porter.

Sodium is added to most processed foods.

It’s also in a lot of condiments.

“So it’s very easy for us to get way more sodium than we need.

“And it’s very easy for us to get a dangerous amount of sodium that has some impact on our blood pressure or our overall health,” he says.

The recommended daily limit of sodium is 2,300 milligrammes, or about one teaspoon.

Dr Porter recommends reading food labels.

And cut back on the saltshaker by using salt-free seasonings.

“Sometimes, you can either stop or reverse some of the initial damage that happens with chronic kidney disease.

“The longer the process goes on, the more severe it is, the less likely it is to be able to get back to healthy kidneys.

“And that’s when we have to think about things to replace kidney function like dialysis or transplant,” he says. – By Jason Howland/Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service

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