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High-Salt Diet Impacts Health of Gut Microbiome

Pharmacy Times

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Reducing salt intake to a healthier level appears to be beneficial for the gut microbiome and blood pressure, especially in females with untreated hypertension, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

The gut microbiota are all the bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi populating the gastrointestinal tract, having a wide range of functions from helping digest food, immune response, and influencing a predisposition to gain weight. In addition, problems with the microbiome are associated with a wide range of diseases from cancer to gastrointestinal problems to allergies, according to the study authors.

A study ...