Cutting down on salt may decrease your nighttime bathroom trips

By Emily Drooby, Buzz60

Do you have to get up to use the bathroom a million times at night? Well, you might be eating too much salt.

While salt is delicious on pretty much anything, a new study suggests it may not be worth it. The study, out of Japan, suggests people who eat a lot of salt have problems sleeping through the night.

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According to BBC, a team at Nagasaki University even followed a group of patients who were told to cut back on salt and determined that their nighttime bathroom trips went from twice to only once a night.

If you're curious about how much is too much salt, the American Heart Association suggests no more than 1,500 mg a day for adults, which is less than 3/4 of a teaspoon.

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Be careful when choosing packaged foods. Pick the "no salt added" canned veggies and try not to eat too much soy sauce, bottled salad dressings and ketchup because they're high in sodium.

To balance out your salt intake, try eating foods with potassium. According to Reader's Digest, it helps counteract the effects of sodium.

Cutting out salt isn't fun -- but getting a full, good night's sleep seems like a fair trade.

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