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Excess Salt Consumption Doubles Stress Levels: Study

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According to LatestLY, a recent European study found that giving mice a high-salt diet boosts their maximum stress response. While academics have a decent knowledge of how an increase in salt consumption appears physiologically, the issue has received significantly less attention psychologically. Some research has examined how increasing one’s salt consumption influences feelings of rage and anxiety.  

They call on governments and food manufacturers to collaborate to reduce the salt content in processed foods. Because salt enhances the flavor of many foods, consumers may be enticed to purchase manufactured meals high in sodium. Processed foods include bread, cereal, deli meats, soups, cheese, and fast noodles.   

Research shows that a high-salt diet is hazardous to your heart and kidneys. According to a concept offered by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, overeating salt may raise cortical levels of stress hormones. There was a clear link between salt consumption and the release of stress hormones.  

Eating lots of salty food activates the body’s stress response system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Glucocorticoids, a stress hormone, have been related to several health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive fog, decreased immunity, and weight gain. 

Sodium regulates the flow of nutrients into and out of cells. Because of its chemical reaction with chloride, sodium is found in regular table salt. Sodium is not critical to human life.  

According to the Reliable Source for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines, the average American should restrict their salt consumption to less than 2,300 milligrams per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American eats more than 3,400 mg of salt daily. 

Evangeline Mantzioris, RD, Ph.D., program director of nutrition and food sciences at the University of South Australia, investigated the salt epidemic in a podcast released in April 2022.   

Dr. Bailey and his colleagues tested their notion on pet store male mice. Mice were fed a high-salt diet and a low-salt diet (the latter acting as a control). Participants stress hormone levels were tested twice daily for up to 8 weeks (in the morning and again before bed). Blood samples were collected to assess the HPA axis’s response to stress.  

Scientists took and studied tissue samples from the brain, liver, kidneys, and heart to understand more about their ancestors. The researchers discovered a “novel, direct link” between dietary salt intake and HPA axis activity.  

The patient’s hypernatremia and fluid imbalance are most likely the results of a high-salt diet. Despite full water access, the mice started a water-saving reaction.  


Scientists noticed that a high-salt diet significantly influences the behavior of rats. They conclude that their findings “need comprehensive analysis” since the adverse differences in brain health in response to rising dietary salt intake may have significant real-world ramifications. 


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