Effects of Salt on Kidney Health
It’s essential that you stay hydrated in order to help deal with excess salt in your body. Try to drink at least six to eight glasses a day.
Salt is such a common seasoning today that it’s hard to imagine cooking without it. How do people do it? It makes your recipes taste much better. This can make your dishes more enjoyable, but the long-term consequences of excessive salt consumption can be significantly negative for your health, particularly for your kidney health. That being said, it’s worth trying to cut the extra salt out of your diet.
The organs that suffer the most damage from salt consumption are your kidneys. Remember that your kidneys are responsible for filtering and purifying around five liters of blood a day, removing the toxins and waste that could cause disease or even death if they were allowed to accumulate in your body.
Let’s look more closely at the consequences of excessive consumption of salt, especially on kidney health.
Effects of salt on kidney healthWe’re going to start out with a piece of good advice – replace the salt in your kitchen today with other, healthier options that still add flavor to your dishes. Some of these are:
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- Roasted garlic, or garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Soy sauce (low sodium)
- Lemon juice
- Ground pepper
Turmeric alone can be an excellent substitute for salt in many dishes.
Every alternative we’ve listed above can be tailored to different types of food, but we promise that you’ll love the new flavors. Adhering to this list should help you be successful in your commitment to changing the way you eat.
It may not be a bad idea to eliminate salt as a seasoning from your diet completely. While you need the sodium it contains for your health, remember that there are many other things you consume on a daily basis that contain sodium. These sources alone contribute between three to five grams for your kidneys to purify and filter out every day.
Let’s take a look at some of the consequences too much salt has for your kidney health.
1. Salt alters your pH
It’s important to remember that if you consume more than five grams of salt a day, it begins to build up in your tissues, organs, and bloodstream, causing acidification of the body as a whole. We’ve often discussed the importance of maintaining a more alkaline pH in your body. The consequences of this acidification include:
- Heart and kidney problems
- Fluid retention
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Brittle nails
- Joint pain
- Higher susceptibility to infections
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2. Salt interferes with the cleansing of the bloodstream
The effects of a diet that’s high in salt begin to be seen around the age of 40 when many people start to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high body fat, changes in the metabolism, and more. Some of these can be symptoms of kidney problems caused by the excessive consumption of salt and insufficient intake of water.
- Your body is made up of 60% water. When there’s too much salt in your body, it builds up in the tissues and organs, keeping your kidneys from filtering your bloodstream properly.
- You begin to suffer from fluid retention, and the toxins further inflame your tissue. The more visible signs of a kidney problem or toxins in the bloodstream are obvious:
- Swelling in the feet
- Chronic fatigue
- A tight and bloated abdomen
3. Too much salt causes your kidneys to age
The more salt you consume, the more your kidneys have to work to detox the body, and together with poor fluid consumption, this can cause your kidneys to age prematurely. Needless to say, this is not good for your general health.
4. The possible direct or indirect effects of excessive salt consumption that you should remember are:
- Vein and artery disease: arteriosclerosis
- Rheumatism and arthritis
- Hair loss
- Skin problems
- Digestive problems
- Gaining unwanted weight and fluid retention
How can you remove the excess salt in your body?
One of the key strategies for eliminating that excess salt is to drink more water. It’s important to try to drink between four to eight glasses a day. While that might sometimes sound like an awful lot, there are some tricks you can use to achieve your goal. If you carry a half-liter water bottle with you all day and drink small sips, you’ll easily achieve your goal. Also, don’t forget to do an hour of exercise every day.
You can also try the following juice to eliminate that salt from your body. It’s extremely effective!
- 50 grams of fresh parsley
- 1 liter of water
- The juice from 1 lemon
Start by bringing the water to a boil and adding the parsley. Allow it to simmer for 30 minutes, then let it steep for another half hour. Add the lemon juice and strain off the liquid. Add it to a bottle and drink this mixture throughout the day. Always drink the first cup in the morning on an empty stomach, and the remainder should be consumed 20 minutes after each meal.
Follow this treatment for three days in a row every month. You just might find that your kidney health improves and you feel better!