Short-term effects of excessive salt intake
Too much salt can lead to water retention. This causes swelling, especially in the hands and feet, and is as a result of the kidneys working to maintain the correct sodium-water ratio in your body. Other temporary effects include an increase in blood pressure and excessive thirst.
Long-term effects of excessive salt intake
Over an extended period of time, eating too much salt can put you at risk of more serious and even life-threatening conditions, like stomach cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.
So how much salt should you be eating?
The World Health Organisation’s recommended guidelines for salt intake for adults is 5 grams or 1 teaspoon daily.
Next time you cook opt for more flavour and less salt by using ingredients like dried herbs, lemon juice or zest, balsamic vinegar, ginger and fresh garlic to enhance the taste of your meals.