From Your Health Journal…..”I found a great web site today called LankaWeb, please go check it out (link below) – they have some great material. They have an article today that I am reviewing called The relationship between salt and blood pressure. The amount of salt you eat has a direct effect on your blood pressure. Salt makes your body holds more water. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, higher the blood pressure. This puts more pressure on your heart. Please visit the web site to read the complete article (link below) – it makes some excellent points, and very educational.”
From the article…..
When it comes to eating and drinking during the holidays, it’s easy to over indulge with some of your favourite traditional meals, desserts and drinks. A few lucky people have gone back to Sri Lanka during this time of the year to see the parents, families and friends with lots of presents to celebrate Christmas and New Year. They find any excuse to eat and drink such as Christmas then New Year. Once you are there, very likely you will be invited to too many places for lunches, dinners, weddings, birthday parties and for weekend get together. Another important thing to keep in mind is that it’s not the food that matters, but rather the friends and family you eat it with. Unless you control yourself the eager not to over indulge in eating and drinking, no one else can do.
The amount of salt you eat has a direct effect on your blood pressure. Salt makes your body holds more water. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, higher the blood pressure.
That means higher the blood pressure, greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and the brain. The medical reports say, “This excess salt intake can lead you to heart attack, strokes, dementia and kidney problems.” Did you know that 80% of the salt you eat everyday is “hidden” in the processed foods you eat? The processed food packets have clearly marked about salt but many people unlikely read the ingredients, just ignore if the price is right.
Osmosis can be defined as the movement of water across a semi-permeable membrane from a region of high water concentration to a region of low water concentration. The semi-permeable membrane allows small particles through it but does not allow large particles such as sodium chloride. When there is excess salt in the blood, water enters the blood due to osmosis that means the water content increases the volume of blood. Osmosis will continue until a state of equilibrium is reached i.e. there is no area with a higher or lower concentration than another area. No wonder one feels so thirsty when one eats salty food such as crisps, salted cashew nuts and peanuts.
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