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 better and adds to the enjoyment of most dishes, but the long-term consequences of salt consumption are so severe that it’s worth trying to cut it out of your diet completely.
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 accumulate and cause disease, even death.
Let’s look more closely at the consequences of continued consumption of salt.
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 recipes and dishes.
- Roasted garlic, or garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Soy sauce (low sodium)
- Lemon juice
- Ground pepper
Every alternative we’ve listed above can be tailored to a certain type of food, but we promise that you’ll love the new flavors and be successful in your commitment to changing the way you eat. We recommend that you don’t simply seek to “reduce’ your consumption of salt – you should eliminate salt entirely.
Remember that there are many other things you consume on a daily basis that contain sodium, and those sources alone contribute between three to five grams for your kidneys to purify and filter out every day.
Let’s take a look at the consequences 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 discussed many times the need to maintain a more alkaline pH in your body. The consequences of this acidification include:
- Cancer risk
- Heart and kidney problems
- Fluid retention
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling cold, and exhausted
- Difficulty concentrating
- Brittle nails
- Joint pain
- Frequent infections
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 begin to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high body fat, changes in the metabolism, and more. These can all be symptoms of kidney problems caused by the excessive consumption of salt and not enough 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 tissues. The more visible signs of a kidney problem or toxins in the bloodstream are obvious:
- Swelling in the feet
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling cold
- 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 can cause your kidneys to age prematurely. This is a very high risk to your health.
4. The indirect effects of salt that you should remember
- Vein and artery disease: arteriosclerosis
- Rheumatism and arthritis
- Hair loss
- Skin problems
- Digestive problems
- Being overweight 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, and while sometimes that might sound like an awful lot, 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 get 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 add 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’ll feel great!