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Salt: The new Goldilocks conundrum

by , 07 March 2013

It's hardly news that salt affects your health. It's blamed for high blood pressure, heart disease and those awful leg cramps that wake you in the middle of the night. Now, new research has found that salt could also be the trigger for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis! But don't cut salt from your diet completely…


We all know that person who pours too much salt on his food.
 
Chances are you do it yourself, as nine out of 10 people actually consume too much salt.
 
That’s why The BodyFatGuide says too much salt in your diet can cause vision problems and even lead to death.
 
Now, high-salt diets have also been found to increase levels of a type of immune cell linked with autoimmune disease like multiple sclerosis and Type I diabetes.
 
Cut down on your salt intake today!
 
That’s why the Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more than 2,300 milligrams or about a teaspoon of table salt per day, says WebMD.
 
But different people are affected by salt in different ways, says IOL Lifestyle.
 
“It's not bad genes. It's not bad environment. It's a bad interaction between genes and the environment,” said Dr David Hafler, senior author of the research paper.
 
But don’t cut out all salt from your diet completely…
 
Don’t let that put you off salt entirely though, as FSP Health says while too much salt is a problem, it’s also one of the essential minerals your body needs to function well. 
 
So too little salt is a dangerous thing too, as it leads to high triglyceride levels, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. 
 
And surprisingly, a low-sodium diet can also increase your blood pressure – it’s a lose-lose situation!
 
Luckily, there is a way to get the balance right.
 
FSP Health says all you have to do is cut down on packaged and take-away foods, as they use salt as a natural preservative.
 
This way, you’ll still be able to add a bit of salt to your meal to enhance the flavour, without worrying that it’s putting you over your limit and triggering autoimmune diseases
 



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