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Although our body needs some sodium to function properly, sodium in excess is not good.

Sodium helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body. It helps transmit nerve impulses, and also influence the contraction and relaxation on muscles.

Your kidneys regulate the amount of sodium kept in your body. When sodium levels are low, your kidneys conserve sodium. When levels are high, they excrete the excess amount of salt in the urine. If the kidneys can eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood.

The increased blood volume, in turn, makes your heart work harder to pump the expanded blood volume through the blood vessels, thus increasing the pressure in your arteries. Certain diseases such as congestive heart failure, liver disease, and chronic kidney disease can contribute to the inability to regulate sodium.

Good cancer-Uighting alternatives to salt include: (1) Garlic

(2) Ginger
(3) Dill
(4) Parsley
(5) Turmeric