An adult human body contains 250 grams to maintain the normal volume of blood and digest food.
The World health organization recommend a daily intake of 3 – 4.5 grams of salt every day to have a healthy life. up to 50% of our salt intake now comes from processed foods such as bread, ready-meals, soups, snacks. A further 35% is added during cooking and Just 15% is found naturally in foods.
People’s risk for disease due to insufficient or excessive salt intake varies due to biochemical individuality as Too much or too little salt in the diet can lead to muscle cramps dizziness, or even an electrolyte disturbance which can cause severe or even fatal neurological problems.
Drinking too much water with insufficient salt intake puts a person at risk of water intoxication (hypernatremia).
Sodium is an essential mineral in salt for balancing water levels in our bodies and regulating nerve impulses and muscle contractions, Too much of it can promote high blood pressure.
Salt actually provides health benefits. For example, it’s used for iodine fortification in many developing countries where iodine deficiency is the main cause of potentially preventable mental retardation in childhood, as well as causing goiter and hypothyroidism in people of all ages.