Salt has always been an ever-present ingredient in every person’s diet. Salt has been used to add a little flavor to food or to help preserve it. But there are serious effects involved when one takes in just too much salt.
Perhaps the two most common illnesses related to a high-salt diet are kidney stones and high blood pressure. There have been a lot of studies that point out that high salt intake is associated with an increased risk of getting a stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Not good for the heart
Several studies link salt intake to blood pressure and death due to stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is first among the causes of death and disability in the whole world among those who are aged 60, and only second to those aging 15 to 59. Given that there is a direct relationship between the levels of the intake of dietary salt and levels of blood pressure, reducing the level of salt intake would significantly lower risks of suffering from stroke and coronary heart diseases.
Not good for the kidney
Kidney stones are usually formations of small rocks in the kidney. Calcium stones are a type of stone resulting from having too much (or too little) calcium, oxalate or urate in the urine. Eating too much salt often causes more calcium to stay in the urine, increasing the risks of kidney stone formations in the body. Reducing the amount of salt in the diet can significantly lower the amount of calcium that is present in the urine, thus lowering significantly the risks of calcium stone formation.