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Your risk of stomach cancer will decrease

Your risk of stomach cancer will decrease
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“Increased sodium intake has been linked to gastric cancer,” Dr Yehya says. Although research confirms this, the exact reason for the link isn’t known. According to the American Cancer Society, certain gut bacteria thought to be a cause of stomach cancer are more prevalent in high salt diets; it’s a reason why the organization recommends cutting back on salted fish and meats as well as pickled vegetables.

You may have fewer headaches

You may have fewer headaches
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A 2014 study from Johns Hopkins found that people who reduced the sodium in their diet had fewer headaches than people who continued to eat the same way. Interestingly, it didn’t matter what type of diet they were on – DASH or a typical Western diet: The only thing that mattered was the level of sodium. Although the researchers aren’t sure why sodium has this effect, they theorize blood vessels may have to expand to accommodate extra blood volume sodium creates, triggering pain. “Reduced dietary sodium intake offers a novel approach to prevent headaches,” the authors concluded. Check to see whether your diet could be the cause of your headaches.

You’ll start to crave less salty foods

You’ll start to crave less salty foods
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Cutting down on salt in your diet doesn’t mean everything will taste bland: “Large amounts of added salt can dull your taste buds, which means you will need more and more salt to achieve the desired ‘salty’ taste you crave,” Palinski-Wade says. “As you scale back on your salt intake, your taste buds become more sensitized, and that allows you to appreciate the salt more and help you to satisfy your salt fix with less actual sodium.” One serving of this common food has more salt than a McDonald’s burger.

You’ll discover other flavours

You’ll discover other flavours
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As you start to cook with less salt, you’ll discover other flavours that add just as much flair to your food. “There are so many delicious seasonings and spices – many that offer health benefits – that can make food more appealing,” Palinski-Wade says. “Experiment with adding cinnamon, garlic, chili powder, and even nutmeg to flavour your food in different ways without reaching for the salt shaker.”

You’ll reduce your risk of death from any cause

You’ll reduce your risk of death from any cause
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According to Dr Yehya, studies have reported that reducing sodium intake by 1,200 mg daily could lead to up to 120,000 fewer coronary heart disease cases, up to 66,000 fewer strokes, 99,000 fewer myocardial infarctions, and 92,000 fewer deaths from any cause.

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Source: RD.com

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