The 5 Dangers of Too Much Sodium

Are you salt-sensitive? Learn more about salt sensitivity and the dangers of too much sodium.


0:00 Introduction: The dangers of too much sodium
0:18 Is sodium bad for you?
0:43 Understanding sodium and potassium
2:26 How to handle salt sensitivity
3:58 Learn more about potassium-rich foods!

Let’s talk about salt sensitivity and the dangers of consuming too much salt.

Consuming too much sodium can lead to certain health problems, including:
• Heart disease
• High blood pressure
• Stroke
• Edema
• Increased mortality

The body tends to hold sodium when a person has a potassium deficiency. You can even have salt sensitivity, which causes you to retain sodium and water. But, again, this could be caused by a potassium deficiency.

Sodium and potassium work together in the body. The daily requirements for sodium are 2300 mg, but the daily requirements for potassium are 4700 mg. You really need twice as much potassium as sodium.

Many people aren’t consuming enough potassium in their diet but consume a lot of sodium. A genetic problem can also cause some people to be salt sensitive.

I believe one of the best things you can do for salt sensitivity is to increase your potassium. I don’t think a low-salt diet is the answer. You don’t want to end up having a potassium deficiency and a sodium deficiency.

You need sodium and potassium to support the body in many different ways. If you’re deficient in these key electrolytes, you could experience arrhythmias, fatigue, and weakness.

Overall, you need sodium, but you need a lot more potassium.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand salt sensitivity and the dangers of too much salt. I’ll see you in the next video.

I want to talk about the dangers of too Much salt or too much sodium okay we Have heart disease we have high blood Pressure we have stroke edema increased Mortality sounds pretty scary right well These things occur not for the reason You think I mean the question is is it Really too much sodium is that what's Causing the problem in reality our body Tends to hold sodium If there's a potassium deficiency in Fact there's something called salt Sensitivity where the body is retaining Sodium but the reason why you retain Sodium and therefore water is because You have a potassium deficiency this is Something that's really overlooked and Not talked about too much we're so Focused on sodium we kind of forget About this other mineral called Potassium but sodium potassium always Work together in the body it's kind of Like a teeter-totter the requirements For sodium per day are 2300 milligrams But the requirements for potassium are 4 700 that's actually more than double so This ratio is really really important Okay two to one twice as much potassium As sodium and guess what you will no Longer be salt sensitive in fact the Symptoms of this excess sodium will Disappear when you increase your Potassium you see the majority of the Population has as this problem of too

Much sodium and not enough potassium Okay they don't consume enough greens They eat a lot of processed foods you Get your sodium from junk Foods refined Foods and restaurant Foods very few People ever consume enough potassium Foods right they think if I have a Banana a day that's going to do it a Banana has about 300 milligrams now Remember you need 4 700 okay you'd have To have you know more than 12 bananas And then you're going to get all the Sugar which is not going to happen so You have this situation where people are Just really heavy on the sodium but very Very low on the potassium and this is Where we have the problem on top of that Okay 38 of the population has a genetic Uh variation with a certain Gene called The ace Gene which means that Gene is Overactive which means they're going to Be more salt sensitive when they have More sodium and they're going to have More blood pressure because of that this Simple solution is just to increase your Potassium especially if you have this Gene problem and not do what everyone Else is doing by reducing their sodium Reducing their salt going on the low Salt diet because now they have a Situation where they're low in sodium And low in potassium and that's even Worse because they're going to be going Around so tired you need both sodium

Potassium for something called the Sodium potassium pump okay in fact all Of your cells have this pump this is What activates the nerves this is what Activates the muscles and when you're Deficient in these key electrolytes boy You get all sorts of issues with the Heart like arrhythmias you get tired you Feel weak and all you need to do is Increase the sodium and potassium but in The right ratios and the real problem is A potassium deficiency low potassium Causes the retention of sodium and this Is where you have all the problems with The heart with the blood pressure with Hardening of the arteries with increased Risk of arrhythmias and stroke potassium Is not retained Like sodium is so when we have a lot of Potassium it's easily eliminated through The kidneys unless you have like stage Five kidney disease which is very rare However sodium is much more retained Especially if you have low potassium so This is probably a common cause of leg Cramps as well so we do need sodium okay We need sufficient amounts but we need a Lot more potassium now to really learn About how to get more potassium through Your foods This is the next video you should watch Right here

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