An Excess of Salty Food Seasons the Body with Stress

Scientists found in studies of mice that a high-salt diet increased the levels of a stress hormone by 75 percent.
A diet containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress, a new study shows.
A diet containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress, a new study shows.Unsplash

A diet containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress, a new study shows.

Scientists found in studies of mice that a high-salt diet increased the levels of a stress hormone by 75 percent.

Experts hope the findings will encourage a review of public health policy around salt consumption, with a view to manufacturers reducing the amount of salt in processed food.

A diet containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress, a new study shows.
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The recommended salt intake for adults is less than six grams a day but most people regularly eat about nine grams.

This can contribute to higher blood pressure, which increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.

While effects on the heart and circulatory system have been well established, little was known about the impact of a high-salt diet on a person’s behaviour.

The recommended salt intake for adults is less than six grams a day but most people regularly eat about nine grams. This can contribute to higher blood pressure, which increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.
The recommended salt intake for adults is less than six grams a day but most people regularly eat about nine grams. This can contribute to higher blood pressure, which increases the risks of heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.Unsplash

To study this, experts from the University of Edinburgh used mice, who ordinarily have a low-salt diet, and gave them high-salt food to reflect the typical intake of humans.

They found that not only did resting stress hormone levels increase, but the mice’s hormone response to environmental stress was double that of mice that had a normal diet.

A diet containing lots of salt can contribute to increased levels of stress, a new study shows.
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Salt intake increased the activity of genes that produce the proteins in the brain which control how the body responds to stress.

Experts say further studies are already underway to understand if a high-salt intake leads to other behavioural changes such as anxiety and aggression. (HN/Newswise)

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