Kunal Sharma

Too Namkeen for your taste?

September, 2017
The Master Responds

A salty puzzle

Salt can be a very puzzling mineral, and the under or over consumption of which can often have serious repercussions. But understanding salt and its effects may not be a massive task if you understand its levels in your own body. The Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) test can help indicate salt levels and if the level of blood urea rises it means your body is holding salt, which speaks of a deficiency you may have in spite of following a high salt diet. Another way of knowing if you are deficient is if you feel dizzy after getting up from a fixed sitting position, followed by a spike in your pulse rate.

What to look for?

Some of the other symptoms which indicate a salt imbalance are the stiffening of the arteries, the rise in one’s Uric acid, an onset of diseases like an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Colitis, weakening of the bones, blurred vision, kidney problems, an increase in weight, an onset of cramps, and changes in hormones. Diseases like osteoporosis can creep in when one’s salt needs are not met. When there’s not enough salt, then the body begins to compensate by drawing salt from the bones, depleting its minerals, hence weakening the bones.

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