Salt is now ubiquitous in our diet, and it is said that addictive. However, the excess salt is responsible for several diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, kidney problems and other. some explanations and tips to lead a healthier lifestyle and less salty!

A matter of dosage

In recent decades, the amount of salt has skyrocketed in our food, especially since we always want more. At the base, the salt is not harmful to health, on the contrary! It is thanks to him that we may retain certain food longer in addition to increasing their flavor. It is also necessary for cooking or preparing foods such as bread or some pastries. Even for health, an adequate amount of salt promotes blood circulation. It is therefore no question of banning salt. The question is rather why we find much and what causes this addiction to salt. According to experts, it would swallow between 2 and 4 grams of salt per day maximum (half of Canadians do not meet this amount).

Beware of processed products!

Some canned or frozen meals contain some alone the recommended daily dose. In general, packaged food products, frozen or canned up 75% of our salt intake in a day. Two reasons can explain this: first, the desire of consumers to products already all facts that can be kept as long as possible.

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A drug, the salt?

We eat more salt, the more we want. It is therefore found in a plethora of food (even in drinks!) And in an amount of greater and greater. This dependency salt biological foundation. Indeed, salt stimulates what is called “reward centers” of the brain. These are the centers of pleasure, even ecstasy. Each dose of salt therefore causes feelings of happiness into our brain. It is true that salt adds flavor, but it gives an impression especially of satisfaction and pleasure! Because of this neurochemical process, there may be feelings of depression or fatigue during a “withdrawal” of salt. Indeed, human beings like the feeling of pleasure, the brain and the body crave. Once gone, it follows a lack. Obviously, these emotions are not always clear and it is not only the salt that comes into play.

Why reduce salt intake?

Excessive consumption of salt can cause many harmful effects on our body. Salt effect increases blood pressure and increases blood pressure problems. Hypertension, by weakening blood vessels and stimulating way exacerbated heart muscles, can cause significant risks of heart failure, kidney failure, heart attack, angina and even blindness causing bodily permanent retina. The World Health Organization estimates that 50% of women and 30% of men aged 65 and older have hypertension. Over consumption of salt would also tend to increase the risk of osteoporosis because it helps eliminate the calcium in the urine, responsible, over time, a decrease in bone density. Moreover, recent studies show a link between excessive salt consumption and risk of developing stomach cancer. In fact, the salt ingested could create inside the stomach lesion may become infected and cause changes in cells, changes that could cause cancer.