It’s time to stop a-salt-ing our bodies

salt Dec 07, 2020

What’s the go with salt? Is it good? Is it bad? Is it ugly?


To be honest, it’s a bit mixed. Salt is an essential mineral which regulates muscle contractions, fluid balance and nerve transmission. The problem is we overeat it. On average, we’re consuming 3,600mg per day, with the recommendations being no more than 2000mg. Essentially, we’re giving our bodies double the sodium it requires, which can lead to adverse health outcomes.



  1. Increased blood pressure.
  2. Increased risk of cardiovascular (heart) disease.
  3. An increased risk of other chronic conditions, e.g. kidney disease and osteoporosis.
  4. Oedema (fluid build-up).
  5. Increased inflammation in the body.
  6. Poorer immune function.


What are the main foods a-salt-ing our body?

Well, the main culprits include table salt (no duh), packaged food (cakes, biscuits, chocolate, etc.) and deep-fried foods (hot chips & fried fish). What might surprise you is that it’s also found in...

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