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Effects of Salt On Your Health

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF SALT ON THE HUMAN BODY?

A build up of salt may cause the body to hold extra fluids in the blood and around the cells, which contributes to increased blood pressure and also excess weight gain from retaining water. The reason why water retention can be so hard to diagnose is that almost all the body's tissues have plenty of capacity to hold a little extra fluid without looking abnormal. This extra fluid is what makes one look fat. Some researchers have noted that consuming more than 2,400 mg of salt a day was associated with a 50 percent higher risk of heart disease. For each 1,000-mg reduction in salt intake, the risk of cardiovascular mortality rose by 1 percent. Many studies have found that diets high in sodium are associated with higher blood pressure, along with an increased amount of calcium excreted in the urine. Eating less salt, some say, can therefore potentially decrease calcium loss from bone, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume no more than 2.3 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of salt per day. Many American consume an average of nine grams of salt per day with some Americans consuming 6 to 18 grams of salt on a daily basis. The fact is we all need to consume less salt on a daily basis for good health.

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Note:
Water softeners do not remove contaminants, such as chlorine, chloramines, THM's, VOC's, SOC's, they are designed to address hard water issues.
It is recommended that a whole house water filter be coupled with any water softener.


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