Sodium is an important element that helps regulate fluid levels in the body. And while it is possible to not get enough salt in your diet, the vast majority of Americans actually consume way more than they need. One negative effect of too much salt? High blood pressure. “Substantial studies and evidence have linked sodium intake with hypertension,” says Dr Amin Yehya, an advanced heart failure cardiologist and author of the textbook, Heart Failure: What a Non-Heart Failure Specialist Needs to Know. Too much sodium causes the body to hold onto water to balance it out, leading to increased blood volume and pressure on the circulatory system. Here’s how to keep your blood pressure in check.
15 things that happen to your body when you cut back on salt
Reducing sodium in your diet can improve your health – but it may also have some effects you wouldn’t expect.
Your blood pressure will be lower