Wellness - Nutrition | 3-18 yrs

How Too Much Salt Affects Children?

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Salt makes an integral ingredient of all the foods we eat. With more and more people opting for processed foods and factory snacks that use salt as an essential ingredient, there is a rising need to calculate the effects of excessive salt consumption and what amount of salt should be consumed on a daily basis.

What also needs to be seen is if your child has induced salt cravings and what does it indicate about his health and fitness. Salt cravings is licking plain salt or adding extra salt to everything you eat. In a world where everyone is busy rushing, taking some time out to inculcate healthy eating habits in your child can change his life by keeping him fit.

Nutritionists also say that our body looks at salt as not just sodium chloride but as a source of other essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium etc. So, if your child craves for salt it may mean an underlying problem of mineral deficiency. Also, in case of an inflammatory condition our body induces salt cravings by releasing cortisol. Processed foods do not contain healthy salts but basic sodium chloride which is harmful to health. Hence, cutting down on processed foods can further improve your child's health and save him from lifestyle diseases. Increasing fluid intake and using organic salt that is rich in minerals can help meet your child's requirement without causing harm.

According to livescience.com, "Excess sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Too much sodium will increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.”

To know more about the effects of too much salt on children, please flip through the pages of this ClipBook.

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