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Too Much Salt in Diet Might Destroy Good Gut Bacteria

By jeremyc | June 10, 2018

According to a new study, consuming high amounts of salt might prove deadly for specific gut bacteria. This in turn can contribute to hypertension, as well as health conditions which affect our immune system.

It is a common knowledge that high salt intake is a risk factor for hypertension. Research has shown that high intake of salt might also contribute to multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders.

In this new study, the researchers have tried to identify the mechanism that links high salt intake to these conditions.

Different types of bacteria are present in our gut. One such type is Lactobacillus¸ found commonly in cheese, yogurt, and sauerkraut and some other fermented foods. Lactobacillus is referred as “good” bacteria as it is believed that they help keep certain diseases at bay.

For instance, according to a study published last year, Lactobacillus might help reduce the risk of kidney inflammation in women who have lupus.

The researchers of the latest study have suggested that eating salt in high quantity can kill Lactobacillus and put us at greater risk to disease. In this study, the researchers fed mice a high-salt diet and noted that this killed Lactobacillus, increased blood pressure, and set off the release of pro-inflammatory TH17 cells.



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