Here’s What Happens If You Eat Too Much Salt

Here’s What Happens If You Eat Too Much Salt

Did you know that our word for salary comes from the Roman soldiers receiving part of their pay in salt. Salt is important to world history and allowed us to preserve meat. Salt is also important to how well your body operates. Too little salt in your diet is dangerous.

However, most Americans get too much salt in an average diet. Processed, canned, and freezer meals are generously salted to make the food taste better.

What happens if you eat too much salt? The results can be disastrous and some of them might even surprise you.

1. Kidney Disease

Salt makes your body retain water. Your body is trying to balance the salt ratio by holding on to water. Your kidneys have to work harder to filter out all the excess water. With more water in your blood stream, arteries get “over pressurized.” This creates strain on the arteries that lead to the kidneys.

Eventually, that strain causes damage and kidney disease. If left untreated, you may experience kidney failure and death without expensive and painful medical intervention.