It’s not hard to eat a lot of salt. Look a little closer at the foods you’re eating on a regular basis, you might be surprised to find out how much sodium you’re actually eating! It has a way of sneaking up on us because a lot of the time it’s hidden in our food. The general rule of thumb to follow is: anything that is man-made or processed has salt in it and most of the time, it’s a lot.
The Government of Canada suggests the average Canadian eats about 3400-mg of sodium every day which is more than double the amount necessary. While we all need a little bit of salt in our diet to maintain a balanced body, most people get way, way too much of it which has lots of damaging repercussions. The human body is a fascinating thing and because our mind and body are so linked, it often has a funny way of telling us when something is wrong. When it comes to sodium, here’s a look at some of the strange signs that could indicate you’re eating too much salt.
1. Excessive Thirst
You might have noticed that you’re really thirsty after eating salty food. That’s because salt makes us thirsty! Sodium plays an important role in balancing out our bodies fluid, so the more salt we eat, the thirstier we get. The reason we get thirsty is because our brain is reacting to the amount of sodium in the body. Mandy Enright, R.D.N., a nutritionist and fitness trainer in New Jersey told Women’s Health about the effect of salt on our bodies and pointed out that a small amount of salt is necessary for the body, but there is such thing as too much. “We need some salt intake each day to help maintain water balance in the body. The sodium found in salt helps keep fluid inside our cells,” she says.
LiveStrong explains that the body works to maintain a concentration of sodium in the body, so when it notices there is too much, it kicks into high gear to balance it back out. This is where the thirst comes into play. If we drink more water, it will dissolve the sodium and lower the concentration. “The kidneys help accomplish this goal by excreting less urine. At the same time, receptors that sense the sodium imbalance tell your brain to trigger the feeling of thirst,” writes the source.