Diets containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress.
A recent study has shown a high-salt diet increased the levels of a stress hormone by 75%.
Published this month in Cardiovascular Research, salt intake increased the activity of genes which produce a protein in the brain that controls how the body responds to stress.
Although this research utilized mice, experts hope the findings will encourage a review of public health policy around salt consumption, with a view to manufacturers reducing the amount of salt in processed food.
Too much salt in the diet can contribute to high blood pressure, which increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.
The easiest and most effective way to reduce salt intake is to simply avoid packaged foods and meals. Here are quick, delicious low sodium dishes 👇👇👇
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