- You should try to consume this much salt every day to help prevent stroke and silent stroke
- Consuming a lot of salt is a risk factor for stroke because it can raise blood pressure and harm kidney function
- Cutting salt completely from your diet, however, is not advised as it can harm your health
- Salt is used in the body by the kidneys to filter blood and also by nerve cells to enable communication with the brain
You should try to eat a maximum of 2.3 grams of sodium, equivalent to six grams of salt, a day to help avoid stroke, according to the US-based National Stroke Association.
That’s the equivalent of about four bags of salt and vinegar crisps, or less than two slices of bacon.
You should monitor your salt intake as eating too much can increase your risk of stroke.
The substance can raise blood pressure, which increases your risk of a stroke and heart attack.
Average UK adults exceed this recommendation, consuming as much as eight grams of salt a day according to Public Health England.
“A healthy diet can help you reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve your overall health, and help you reach or maintain a healthy weight,” says the American Association.
“Eating healthily includes making informed decisions about food choices and balancing your calories.”
The NHS also said you should consume no more than six grams of salt, or around a teaspoon.
“Some food labels only state the sodium content. Don’t confuse salt and sodium figures,” the NHS advised online.
“To convert sodium to salt, you need to multiply the sodium amount by 2.5. For example, one gram of sodium is 2.5 grams of salt.”
Salt causes high blood pressure by affecting your kidneys to “make your body hold on to more water,” according to Blood Pressure UK.
“Eating salt raises the amount of sodium in your bloodstream and wrecks the delicate balance of sodium and potassium, reducing the ability of your kidneys to remove water.”
“The result is a higher blood pressure due to the extra fluid and extra strain on the delicate blood vessels leading to the kidneys.”
The UK-based Stroke Association advised reducing your salt intake.
“Don’t add salt to your food and avoid processed foods that contain a lot of salt.”
However, Healthline warned that you should be careful not to eat too little salt either.
“Eating too little is just as bad. It can increase your risk of heart disease, heart failure and diabetes, among others.”
Diet is not the only factor in stroke issues. Walking to work can cut your stroke risk, according to a recent study.
Researchers studied 358,799 people over four years and found commuters who walked or cycled to work slashed the chances of fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 30 per cent.
They also had an 11 per cent lower risk of developing CVD, which can lead to heart attacks and stroke.
Source : EXPRESS