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Note

I have modified my original belief that the excess fluid is all in the blood vessels. I now believe that most is in the blood vessels, while some may be in the abdominal cavity (ascites), and some in the body tissues.


Low sodium in foods?

If you're unsure about which foods contain a lot of salt/sodium then click on the 'Sodium in Foods' link in the list of links on the left of each page.


The Lucky People

If you are not overweight, do not have high blood pressure, are not 'slimming' and are not in one of the vulnerable groups, then reducing your salt intake would improve your health only slightly and you may prefer not to make great changes to what you eat. - But check on the Associated Health Problems page first. - There may be another problem you have that could be helped by eating less salt.


Overweight Pets

If you have an overweight pet dog or cat it is because they have been eating food containing added salt. This is bad for them. Give them unsalted food instead. They will lose weight, have more energy and live longer.


Terminology

        Gynaecomastia/Gynecomastia - abnormal enlargement of the breasts in a male.
        


        Ascites - an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the abdomen.

Obesity - Vulnerable Groups

In recent years people have been eating more convenience foods and these are high in salt. Salt can cause obesity and health problems in vulnerable people... read more

People taking steroids or HRT

If you have gained a lot of weight and become obese because of taking prescribed steroids or HRT then I have very good news for you!
read more


Children

When children become fat it is essentially because they are eating salty food. Children are especially vulnerable to salt because of their small size and small blood volume, and because their blood vessels are weaker than those of adults... read more


Pregnant Mothers

During pregnancy a woman's hormone levels alter. The hormone most relevant to undesirable weight gain is oestrogen... read more


People taking amitriptyline

Patients may sometimes find it helps with the problem for which it has been prescribed, but be that as it may, it frequently produces a host of adverse side-effects, including weight gain... read more


PMT Sufferers

...most or possibly all of these symptoms are the result of fluid retention and will be lessened or avoided by reducing salt intake... read more