Not just increase blood pressure but cause other problems too. Let’s know…
We all know that consuming a large amount of salt in the diet increase the blood pressure and can result in hypertension as well. This, in turn, can cause heart attacks, strokes, and many other diseases. However, according to research, while there is no trace of the high blood pressure, but still the excess consumption of dietary sodium can affect some organs. These are mainly blood vessels, brain, heart, and kidneys.
A person needs only 500-milligram sodium consumption daily for fluid balance and stable internal environment. However, we consume a lot more, even more than 6 times of actual need, i.e. 3,200 mg of sodium.
Now let’s know the effect of salt on these organs:
- Blood Vessels: The increase in the sodium levels in the blood can affect adversely the inner lining of blood vessels, called the endothelium. All the tissues of the body depend on the blood supply, which in turn depends on the endothelium cells.
- Heart: Sodium increases the blood pressure and increases the risk for left ventricular hypertrophy. It is the enlargement of the muscle tissues. These make up the wall of the heart’s main pumping chamber.
However, many kinds of research have found that consuming a high level of sodium can increase the thickness of the left ventricular wall. This can lead to multiple heart problems such as abnormal heart rhythm, heart attack, cardiac arrest, and heart failure.