Reduce salt, lose weight

Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases.

There are small changes you can make to cut down the amount of salt you eat. Over time, this will help to keep your heart healthy.

What is salt and what is sodium?

When we use salt to season our food, we use table salt. Table salt is also called sodium chloride. When you see sodium on food labels, it’s just another way of talking about the amount of salt in the food.

Some sodium in our diet is good because it helps our kidneys to control the amount of water in our blood. If we eat too much sodium, water is pulled back into our bloodstream. The more water in our blood vessels, the higher our blood pressure gets.

High blood pressure can put you at risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases such as:

Want to know more?

Find out what happens to your body when you eat too much salt and how it raises your blood pressure with our 2 minute video.

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