Salt is a such a common ingredient in a whole range of foods that genetic testing to assess salt sensitivity can be enlightening, helping us to make informed choices about our own personal intake of salt.
A high dietary sodium intake can cause hypertension, high blood pressure, in susceptible individuals. Salt is comprised of chloride and sodium, but it is the sodium that is associated with high blood pressure.
Inflammation, also called an inflammatory response, is a natural and vital physiological process, playing an important role in the healing process. Classic external signs of inflammation are redness, swelling, pain and heat. Unless you have had the misfortune of an acute running injury like an ankle sprain it is unlikely that you will notice straight away any sign of inflammation after a run. Externally at least, everything looks good.
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