Salt and sugar might look so harmless, so basic, so essential. Yet any rapid increase in their presence can affect everything and become worrisome.
Sugar in the form of glucose, supplies the body with energy. However, we don’t need to eat any sugar, because our bodies can convert carbohydrates and even fat and protein, if necessary to glucose. Although fruits, vegetables, and dairy naturally contain some sugars, those sugars are “packaged” with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are released slowly into the blood.
Consuming excessive amounts of sugars increases the risk of tooth decay and unhealthy weight gain. You can reduce your sugar intake by limiting the consumption of sugary snacks, candies and sugar-sweetened beverages.
It is also advised to check your blood glucose levels regularly and you can find the devices used here.
“Too much sugar can cause insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes,”
Salt is different from sugar. Salt (sodium chloride) is the largest supplier of sodium in the diet. Sodium has many important biological functions transmitting nerve impulses, contracting and relaxing muscle fibers, and maintaining proper fluid balance.
In healthy people, the kidneys regulate the body’s sodium level by getting rid of any excess. But if there’s too much sodium in the bloodstream, the kidneys may not be able to keep up. Then excess sodium in the blood pulls out water from the cells into the bloodstream. As the heart works harder to pump the extra volume of blood through the arteries, the blood pressure rises. Check your blood pressure regularly using blood pressure measuring devices.
“Salt can cause water gain and high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure, heart attack and stroke.”
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