Salt is essential for many of our bodily functions and every cell in our body requires it to survive. It helps with fluid balance, blood pressure management and the nervous system.
One of the many myths surrounding salt consumption is that the less salt you eat, the healthier you are. However, too little salt can be dangerous. In fact, it’s called Hyponatraemia and means the level of salt or sodium in the blood is too low.
Those considering drastically cutting their salt intake should think twice and take a look at the research….
- The Institute of Medicine found that reducing sodium intake beyond 2.3g a day had no positive effects.
- In a study by The American Journal of Hypertension low vs. normal salt intake produced a higher risk of all- cause mortality than high vs. normal intake.
What are the symptoms of Hyponatraemia?
Symptoms are difficult to pin down but can include:
- Muscle spasms
What are the causes?
Many factors can cause low sodium levels, including an excess of water or fluid in the body, diluting sodium levels so that the concentration is lower. It can also occur as a rest of prolonged sweating during exercise or vomiting.
We recommend a common sense approach to salt consumption, based on your own diet, fitness and weight.