Hi guys, I normally lurk around here and dont post too often but wanted to share this info and see what your thoughts on this topic is.
So I went to an dinner the other night hosted by a nutrition society where they have guest speakers who present findings of their studies, and then have a meal after that is related to the previous talk.
One particular talk was about sodium in your diet. It was outlined that unsurprisingly, like everything else we get way too much salt in our diet. This may not apply to many people here who have strict diets, but still interesting regardless.
On average in Australia, we consume 9-12 grams of salt each day. It is recommended that adults should consume less than 6 grams of salt per day. This is equivalent to 2300mg of sodium.
Almost 75% of this salt comes from processed foods like bread, cereals, cheese, soup, sauces and tinned foods. While to me this came as no surprise. When eating processed foods, you can easily go over your daily recommended intake in 2 meals!
Eating too much salt can can slowly raise your blood pressure which increases risk of heart disease and stroke.
Furthermore, their findings showed an adverse affect on blood vessel function which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. They showed that high salt intake will cause a decrease in nitric oxide in your blood vessels.
While they did not discuss this in relation to exercise, I imagine this could have an effect on workouts. For example, having high salt before working out will lead to less efficient work outs due to its effect on blood vessels.
Whats your thoughts on this?