All About Low-Salt Diet: Know About Its Benefits & Side Effects
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Sridevi was one of the most talented and versatile actresses and her sudden demise shook the nation. Years after her death, her husband and producer Boney Kapoor revealed that the actress used to suffer from blackouts due to her low-salt diet that she was on to look good. As per Boney Kapoor, Sridevi was following the same routine at the time of her death too.

In an interview, Boney Kapoor said that “The doctor kept on telling her that you have a low BP issue, don't stick to a severe diet where you avoid salt. Because most of the females believe that salt creates water retention that's why your face is puffy. That is one reason why Sri used to avoid salt. We used to tell her that even if you are having some salad, just sprinkle some salt on it,". Right after Boney Kapoor's interview, low-salt diet started trending on social media. But what is this low-salt diet anyway?

A low-salt diet, also known as a low-sodium diet, is a dietary approach that involves reducing the amount of sodium i.e., salt consumed on a daily basis. We all know that sodium is an essential mineral that the body needs for various functions, but excessive sodium intake can lead to health problems, particularly hypertension or high blood pressure, considered a primary cause of heart strokes and other issues.

A low-salt diet typically restricts the daily intake of sodium to a specific amount, often recommended by healthcare professionals or dietary guidelines. The recommended daily sodium intake can vary depending on individual health needs. Studies suggest that to follow a low-salt diet, one must reduce or eliminate processed and packaged foods as they contain high levels of sodium. Also, many condiments, such as ketchup, soy sauce, and salad dressings, can be high in sodium. 

While talking to Slurrp, nutritionist Lovneet Batra shared some lesser-known benefits of a low-salt diet. Have a look!

Keeps Blood Pressure In Check

As per nutritionist Lovneet Batra, a low-salt diet keeps blood pressure in check. It can control and lower high blood pressure or hypertension. As per studies, reducing sodium intake can lead to lower blood pressure, which in turn lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems.

Protects Kidneys

Nutritionist Lovneet Batra said that a low-salt diet could be beneficial for kidneys. A low-salt diet may benefit individuals with certain kidney conditions, as it can help reduce the strain on the kidneys. It is often recommended for people with chronic kidney disease to manage their blood pressure and fluid balance.

Reduces The Risk Of Cancer

As per nutritionist Lovneet Batra, a low-salt diet can also reduce the risk of cancer. Some studies have suggested a possible association between high salt consumption and an increased risk of stomach (gastric) cancer. Some studies have found associations between diets high in processed and salt-preserved foods and an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Side Effects Of Low-Salt Diet

While talking to Slurrp, nutritionist Lovneet Batra said a low-salt diet can lead to hyponatremia i.e., too little sodium in blood, especially for people who spend time outdoors in tropical weather. Some other potential side effects of a low-salt diet could be:

Can Lead To Electrolyte Imbalance

Reducing sodium intake can lead to an electrolyte imbalance, as sodium is one of the body's essential electrolytes. An imbalance in electrolytes can result in symptoms such as muscle cramps, weakness, and irregular heart rhythms.

Can Increase The Increased Sensitivity to Salt

A low-salt diet, over time, can lead to heightened sensitivity to the taste of salt. This refers to a state when even small amounts of salt can taste very salty, which may affect food enjoyment.

Disrupted Fluid Balance

As per studies, a low-salt diet might disrupt fluid balance in the body, potentially leading to dehydration or excessive thirst, particularly if fluid intake is not adequately adjusted, as per some studies.