Your brain feels foggy
Who knew that salt could even impact your brain function? In a 2018 study from the University of Colorado researchers followed a group of about 5000 men over the age of 65. They found that men who had slightly lower sodium levels in the blood were about 30% more likely to develop cognitive decline.
Your thirst is raging
Foods with high amount of sodium (think: chips, spaghetti sauce, and pepperoni pizza) make you feel thirstier, because sodium messes with the balance of fluid in your body, according to Harvard Health Publishing. If you had a day of eating more high-sodium food, try to drink a lot of water. Your body is probably craving water, so it can restore the salt balance in your cells. Thirst is only one sign of dehydration.
Your body is swelling in strange places
Yes, just one night of too much sodium can actually make you look and feel more bloated in the morning. This is called edema, the swelling of extra fluid in your body’s tissues. According to Mayo Clinic, edema can be a symptom of an underlying disease, but it can also be a sign of too much sodium in your diet. The simple solution is to cut back on sodium. Read food labels, look for low-sodium options, or cook your own food to control the salt.