Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the dangers of excessive salt consumption?

Top signs you’re consuming too much salt: 

• Edema (in the eyes, hands, feet, or lower legs)

• Thirst

• High blood pressure 

• Headache

• Restlessness

• Irritability 

• Nausea 

• Fatigue 

Top signs of sodium deficiency: 

• Weakness 

• Low blood pressure 

• An increase in neurotransmitters 

• Vascular stiffness and high blood pressure 

• Insulin resistance

In my opinion, the most common cause of high blood pressure is insulin resistance. Many things can contribute to insulin resistance, including a high-carb diet, intermittent fasting, and a low-sodium diet.  The most common treatment for high blood pressure is diuretics. But, diuretics can cause you to lose both sodium and potassium. 

People who are salt sensitive or who have symptoms of a sodium deficiency are really deficient in potassium. Sodium and potassium work together in the body, and you need twice as much potassium as you do sodium. The average person needs 2300mg of sodium and 4700mg of potassium per day. 

The more carbohydrates you have in your diet, the more potassium you’ll lock up, making it unavailable. It’s important for people with diabetes to get on a low-carb diet and consume foods high in potassium or a good electrolyte powder. 

We need sodium in our diets, but not just sodium chloride—we need the whole mineral balance. This is why it’s best to consume sea salt. However, if you have high blood pressure, try consuming Baja Gold Sea Salt. This type of sea salt tastes great and has lower amounts of sodium.

Last updated: Feb 29, 2024 15:22 PM