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Too much salt can speed up aging

There have been a lot of concerns about the consumption of too much salt causing hypertension. Doctors Health Press reports on April 4, 2014, new research shows too much salt may also be associated with speeding up of aging. Previous studies have shown too much salt can also increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attacks.

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A group of scientists recently investigated how overweight and obese teenage boys responded to a diet which was high in salt. It was observed that a high-salt diet increased the speed of the aging process in the overweight and obese teens by shortening cells which are closely associated to aging. The observed changes at the cellular level were seen in the telomeres, which serve as protective caps at the end of a person’s chromosomes. Generally, the shorter telomeres are the older they are.

Although the recommended daily intake of salt is 1.5 g daily, the average American consumes about 3.5 g per day. Many Americans consume far more than this. A primary problem is most people aren’t actually aware of where all this salt is coming from. Processed foods have been found to be the primary culprits. Packaged and canned foods are usually very high in sodium. Breads and cereals are also loaded with salt. In order to lower your salt intake it's a good idea to try to increase the amount of fresh foods which you eat.

It is an established fact that consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure which can then lead to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis and asthma, reports Right Diagnosis. It appears just about every food product around us, such as salted nuts, packaged soups, sauces, breads, and cereals, is loaded with salt. Some gold tasty alternatives for salt for cooking include spices such as curry powders, mustard powder, lime juice, lemon juice, wine, cider, beer, garlic, onions, garlic, ginger and chillies. It's clearly wise to attempt to avoid consuming too much salt.

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