Excessive intake of salt, or sodium, increases the risk of kidney stones, heart failure, osteoporosis, stroke, and stomach cancer. This is because the World Health Organization (WHO) limits sodium intake to 2000 mg (5 g of salt) per day.

When too much sodium goes in, the body reacts abnormally. For example, if you eat salty food, you will be thirsty. I also go to the bathroom often. Sometimes signals come in unexpected ways. In this regard, based on data from the US health and medical media ‘Web MD’, we looked into unexpected symptoms that appear when sodium is excessive.

◇ Indigestion

Excessive sodium intake also puts strain on the stomach. The stomach may become bloated and cramps may occur. You may feel nauseous or have diarrhea. Find ways to reduce salt in your diet. Drinking a lot of water helps to calm down the stomach right away.

◇ Insomnia

Salty food disrupts sleep. Symptoms are several. You may not be able to fall asleep easily, wake up frequently, or have a heavy body and head when waking up in the morning even after sleeping for a long time. If you keep losing sleep for no reason, whether you are eating too much salt or not, review your eating habits.

◇Swelling symptoms

If you eat salty, your face will swell. Hands, feet, and ankles can also swell easily. Did you eat anything particularly salty? It’s not just soup dishes like stews sold at restaurants that contain a lot of salt. Sandwiches, pizzas, and even bagels contain more salt than you might think.

◇High blood pressure

Eating too much salt makes it difficult for the kidneys to excrete waste. This is because when the sodium level in the blood rises, the brain sends an order to return the water that should be excreted in the urine back to the body. As a result, the amount of urine decreases and the amount of blood increases. The pressure on the walls of blood vessels increases, and the force pumped out by the heart, that is, blood pressure, increases accordingly.