So when salt levels rise, the body gets rid of some in urine—and that takes calcium along for the ride. Calcium in the urine can lead to kidney stones, while low levels in the body can weaken bones.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 09, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a study out of Alberta, Canada that shows that keeping a diet high in salt can deplete calcium levels in the body, affecting bone health by increasing risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/new-link-between-salt-and-bone-health-discovered), when sodium leaves the body, it takes calcium with it. This new study helps examine why people on high salt-diets are prone to such issues as kidney stones and osteoporosis. Researchers found an important link between the two common minerals, the article reports.
Both calcium and sodium are regulated by the sale molecule. So when salt levels rise, the body gets rid of some in urine—and that takes calcium along for the ride. Calcium in the urine can lead to kidney stones, while low levels in the body can weaken bones.
As the article outlines, this is significant because the average North American is getting more and more salt in their diet. This means more calcium is being shed, and this reinforces why it is important to have a low-sodium diet and to be aware of sodium levels in processed foods.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that researchers had known the molecule in question was linked to sodium absorption. But this discovery shows that it also plays a role in regulating calcium levels. The researchers worked with lab models without this important molecule, so the models’ urine contained high levels of calcium. Because calcium was not absorbed and retained by the body, bones became thin.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports about 60% of adults get far more than the maximum daily recommendation for sodium. Its most famous link is spiking blood pressure. Lots of salt puts pressure on kidneys, causing extra fluid in the body that keeps circulatory volume higher than it should be. The result: pressure on the walls of the arteries.
In any event, it is a good idea to monitor salt intake and make sure it doesn’t get too high. The biggest culprits in the war against high salt intake are processed foods. Here is a list of 10 of the worst offenders when it comes to sodium content.
1. Pickled foods
2. Canned soups
3. Frozen dinners
4. Salted fish
5. Meat tenderizer
6. Monosodium glutamate
7. Cured meats
9. Salted snack foods
10. Prepackaged noodle mixes
(SOURCE: Lee, et al., "Central obesity as measured by waist circumference is predictive of severity of lower urinary tract symptoms," BJUI, Aug. 2012; 110: 540–545.)
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