Salt is the most versatile food seasoning. Its history goes back several thousand years. Without it, cooking costs almost no dishes. Besides the fact that salt makes the taste of food and dishes more pronounced, our existence is impossible without it. It was not by chance that salt once was the equivalent of money and was an extremely expensive commodity. The word salary itself (eng) means salary. At the time of Lomonosov in Abyssinia, it was possible to buy a slave for four small pieces of salt.
What is so special about her? Salt is 39.4% sodium and 60.6% chlorine. Sodium is a cation without which life is impossible. It participates in maintaining acid-base balance, ensures the constancy of osmotic pressure, without it water-salt metabolism in body cells, the movement of glucose and amino acids through cell membranes, the normal transmission of nerve impulses and the functioning of muscles, heart, kidneys, and nutrient absorption are impossible. small intestine. Chlorine is necessary for the breakdown of fats, without it hydrochloric acid can not be formed – the main component of the gastric juice. Without chlorine, urea is not excreted from the body, the central nervous system does not work, the nervous tissue does not form, the reproductive system does not function.
However, everything is good in moderation. The active development of fast food chains, the use of stabilizers and other food additives has led to the fact that the average Russian consumes much more salt than his body needs. Due to its oversupply, excess water accumulates in the body, resulting in swelling, increased blood pressure, development of diabetes, hypertension, and also hated cellulite, which is extremely difficult to get rid of. In addition, salt deposits on the joints lead to severe pain. It is also important that excessive consumption of sodium, which is part of the salt, leads to a loss of calcium. And this has the most negative consequences for our body – teeth, bone tissue are destroyed, muscle spasms occur, the nervous system suffers, not only osteoporosis develops, but also a wide variety of diseases of the cardiovascular system.
How to remove excess salt from the body? Effectively and safely cope with the problem of folk methods of removing salt from the body.
An ardent enemy of salt is water. It is this – a great way to get rid of excess salt, as well as the most popular method of treating mild hypernatremia – excess sodium in the blood. Salt is gradually dissolved in drunk water and excreted from the body. Therefore, the amount of water entering the body should be directly proportional to the amount of salt consumed. During the day, water should be drunk evenly to avoid a sharp pressure drop in the cells of the body. It is not recommended to drink a lot of water at a time (more than 2 liters) – this can cause a deficiency of sodium and other elements and lead to a sharp deterioration in well-being.
This method is no less effective than the previous one, although it will have to literally sweat in the literal sense in order to achieve the desired effect. Exercise makes us sweat a lot, it is through sweat that excess salt leaves the body. Surely you have noticed that sometimes sweat leaves white stains on clothes. This is excess salt, from which the body happily gets rid of. However, with intensive exercises, do not forget to drink water in order to replenish the supply of useful trace elements in the body.
It is best to derive salt cardio, where you have to move very actively. These include jogging, brisk walking and cycling.
Reducing salt intake
To normalize the salt content in the body, it is necessary to reduce its consumption. Salt (NaCl) can be retained in the body during the day. The maximum daily intake of salt is 15 g. It will need to be halved until the body gets rid of its surplus. As a rule, this happens within a day or two. Since many foods already contain a small amount of natural salt, give up the habit of “salting” ready meals and adding salt in the process of cooking. Also a good solution would be a salt-free diet. In order to maintain the achieved effect, no more than 2-3 grams per day should be consumed. salt. This is especially true of those who have water retained in the body and those who are concerned about high blood pressure.
Our health is always guarded by products and drinks, the use of which will help to remove excess salt from the body. These include green leafy vegetables, asparagus, onions and beets. Tea and coffee have a similar effect – drinks containing “diuretic” caffeine. But, it should be borne in mind that any diuretic, including coffee and tea, flush out calcium and other essential elements from the body.
It is important to know
If you are puzzled by the issue of removing excess salt from the body, before embarking on active actions, we advise you to consult a doctor. Consultation with a specialist is especially important if you suffer from hypertension or chronic water retention, heart disease, diabetes, and renal failure.
Remember that any diuretics can be actively used for no more than two days in a row, and it is better – every other day no more than three times a week. Otherwise, it can lead to dehydration. In addition, to prevent a deficiency of vitamins and minerals, it is necessary to eat foods every day and drink mineral-rich waters that contain potassium, calcium, magnesium and other essential elements for the body, the loss of which can lead to poor health.
In this respect, a weak alkaline mineral water with a low content of sodium and a sufficient amount of macro and microelements, the “washing out” of which from the body can lead to sad consequences, is a good remedy.
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