Salt is generally looked at as a negative causing high blood pressure and other health ailments if consumed in excess. But did you know, during exercise, salt can actually be good for you? And actually that having little to no salt in our bodies can be dangerous?
To help you make an informed decision on salt and exercise, you will always want to consult your doctor, as everyone is different. But the following facts aren’t all bad.
Let’s first break down why salt is bad. When we consume too much salt, the extra water that is stored inside our body and cells causes our blood pressure to rise. The more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure becomes. High blood pressure levels can place a huge strain on your heart; it can also affect your arteries, kidneys, and your brain. If high blood pressure levels are maintained for too long, it can lead to strokes, heart attacks, kidney disease, and even dementia.
Sodium is incredibly important to the functionality of our bodies; and salt is a key source of sodium. Salt helps to regulate the concentration of our bodily fluids. It helps our cells to absorb all the vital nutrients they need, and it is also required for healthy muscle and nerve activity. But you should be very careful to monitor your salt intake in order to avoid excess.
Salt and Exercise. How are they related?
Any human that exercises and sweats regularly, can recognize the salty taste of sweat after a good hard workout. We know that we lose salt during our workout, but it’s much more than just a clever way for our bodies to cool down.Salt can help regulate muscle contraction, nerve function and blood volume. It also regulates fluid levels in your body. Low sodium or salt, can even cause dehydration, muscles cramps or even organ failure.
It can be dangerous to generalize how much salt people need to consume. This is particularly true for athletes who may need to consume more in order to replenish salt that is lost during exercise. Everyone is different and, depending on your body shape and size, some people will require more salt than others.
Still have questions about salt? Talk to your doctor to help determine what your intake should be.