How Does Salt Affect Your Gut Health?

This video explains the importance of salt in food and other dishes and how to use it in a healthy way. It states that the recommended daily amount of salt is 1500 milligrams or 3.8 grams, and suggests flavoring food with herbs and spices, reducing salt over time, and swapping high-salt snacks for high-fiber snacks to keep salt intake at a healthy level.


  • Salt has been used to flavor food and even wars have been fought over it.
  • However, too much salt can cause high blood pressure, stroke issues and be a risk factor for heart disease and kidney disease.
  • Salt also plays an important role in homeostasis within the body.
  • Excessive amounts of salt in today’s western diet is leading to changes in the gut microbiome which may lead to other medical conditions such as neurological issues, skin problems or joint pain.
  • The recommended daily amount of salt is 1500 milligrams (3.8 grams) with no more than 2300 milligrams per day being consumed safely by most people – however this varies from person-to-person depending on their health needs/conditions etc..


Salt it flavors, it preserves and it is a necessary mineral for life. But can it be bad for you and is too much salt a bad thing for your gut? In this video today, we’re gonna go over salt and the GI pack. How salt could really affect your gut microbiome and what’s going on inside your gut. What’ll discuss exactly how much salt you need and how much salt is too much salt.

And at the very end of the video, I’m gonna give you three tips on what I recommend to minimize or manage your salt intake. Guys, let’s talk about poo. How do y’all, Dr. Islam here, a k a your poo. Try to give you the best tips and tricks so you can live your best life from the top all the way down to the bottom.

If you have it already before we forget to smash down, like fun, live, share, and subscribe so you get more videos like you’re watching in today’s channel. Now, sodium or salt has been around for a long time. It’s been used to help flavor food. In fact, wars have been fought over salt, but lately salt has gotten a bad rap where too much salt can cause high blood pressure,

stroke issues and can be a risk factor for both heart disease and kidney disease. However, salt also plays a major role in what’s called homeostasis. The balance between everything going on inside your body. And it can be hard sometimes to know how much salt to take, what that balance is. What exactly does salt do to your gut? What we do know is salt actually does play a role when it comes to your gut microbiome.

Unfortunately, most of the foods that we have in today’s western diet is saturated with salt. And we’re seeing that reflection on changes in the gut microbiome. What we are seeing is that as salt goes through your intestines, it gets absorbed inside that gut and it can cause your gut microbiome to change as well. Changing from a normal gut bacteria to ones that actually want more salt and become more acidic in that salty environment.

Now, what the long-term consequences of that are? We don’t quite know at this point in time. We do suspect that is more pro-inflammatory microbes that are being developed as you have more salt and less of the good guys as well. And that can lead to other medical conditions including gut issues, neurological issues, skin issues, and joint problems as well. And this is on top of the other effects that we’re seeing that salt can have inside your body,

including raising your blood pressure, causing heart disease and kidney disease. Now, normally your body does need some salt every single day. We need it for that homeostasis to balance what’s going on. So having too little salt can actually also be dangerous for you as well. Typically you need about 1500 milligrams of salt or 3.8 grams of salt per day. And for sure you don’t want to have more than 2300 milligrams of salt per day because that’s going to lead to too much salt.

But maybe you’re like me and you’re like, Hey doc, I don’t measure my day by the amount of milligrams of salt that I take. Give me something better for comparison. Well, I’ll give you that now that you asked. Now keep in mind all you really need is about 1500 milligrams of salt per day. But let’s say for example, you had that big old burrito at Chipotle and oh,

that’s so good. Guess how much salt and calories is in that burrito? That one burrito, 2,650 milligrams of salt with that one burrito on top of about over a thousand calories, oh my God, looks like a quadruple whammy. It’s terrible for you that one burrito give you way more salt than what you needed affecting your health and your gut microbiome. In addition to that extra 1000 calories you just ingested.

So how can you be more mindful about your salt? There are three ideas. Number one, start flavoring your food with other things besides salt. Lot of herbs, spices, Mrs Dash, this is all fantastic for your for flavoring without having the excessive salt intake. Number two, don’t go cold Turkey. Maybe this video convince you, Hey, I wanna get rid of all the salt.

Don’t do it all at once. Do it slow at a time. Your taste buds need that time to adjust. Add more spices, get your taste buds adjusted so you can slowly start to eliminate and minimize your salting. Number three, swap out high salty snacks for high fiber snacks instead of salty potato chips. Have some vegetables. Ah, how does that sound?

Of course, you’re getting the benefit of not having the salt, but adding more fiber into your diet. So here’s my call to action to you this week. I want you to be more mindful of your salt intake. Look at the ingredients, see how much salt is in there. Are you having more salt than what’s recommended? Are you overdoing it?

Really be cognizant of the amount of salt you are taking into your diet and look for ways to cut back. You may notice a benefit for your overall health and your gut microbiome. Well, thank you as well. And if all that salt is causing you to have problems with harper and reflux, don’t forget to click this video where I talk about natural ways to help out for your harper and reflux.

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