Weight Gain Caused by High Sodium Diet
There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the issue of high sodium and its connection with weight gain. Sodium has been given a very bad name when it has not deserved as bad a reputation as it has received. The fact of the matter is that sodium, to a certain amount, is necessary in order for your body to be able to run properly and to survive. The key is making sure that you are getting the right amount of sodium instead of consuming too little or too much. Reading food labels will help you to get to know which foods are higher and which ones are lower in sodium.
Sodium is used by the body in order to allow for proper water balance in the body and contributes to other crucial body functions. The bloodstream always needs a certain amount of sodium in it to allow the body to remain healthy and run properly. Having no sodium at all in a person’s diet can be extremely harmful to a person’s health and can even result in death.
That being said, a person should receive at least five hundred milligrams of sodium every day. By using this number and comparing it to the food nutrition labels, you should be able to get a good idea as to where your current daily sodium intake stands. By reading food labels, you’ll also get to know which foods are causing your sodium intake to skyrocket. Typically, processed and canned foods are the worst offenders in this sense. These comparisons will also help to show you that many foods that are reputed for having high sodium levels – such as sodas – don’t actually have as much as you might think. In fact, soda has a very low amount of soda (sugar on the other hand…). This being said, foods such as breads and baked goods use baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in order to encourage them to rise and therefore contain a surprising amount of sodium.
Your daily sodium intake should not exceed 2400 milligrams every day. This is because with the typical amount of fluid that is consumed by a person every day, there is not enough liquid being flushed through the system to absorb and remove all of the salt from the kidneys. This can cause a fluid imbalance or even organ damage. This is one of the reasons that salt makes us thirsty – because the body is trying to encourage you to take in enough liquid to flush out the additional minerals.
When too much salt is taken in, water retention is among the first signs. This means bloating and weight gain – up to five pounds in water alone! If you find yourself retaining water, speak to your doctor about the sodium in your diet and see if it is something that should be reduced.