Eating less salt may decrease nocturia, i.e., the disorder that causes that a person wakes up several times during the night to urinate, a disorder that typically affects people over the age of 60. And it is that, with age, decreases the volume of the bladder and is therefore losing the ability to hold urine.
Sodium salt contributes to maintain the right balance of fluids in the tissues and blood, so that, if consumed lot of salt, the kidneys tend to generate more urine
Although getting up in the night to go to the bathroom does not usually cause problems if it occurs sporadically, if it entails complications when it becomes routine. Stress, irritability or fatigue, are the main consequences with people suffering from nocturia.
While there are several causes that cause that a person need to urinate often halfway through the night, such as age, for example, now, a team of Japanese researchers, specifically the University of Nagasaki, has shown that the diet can also influence. According to research, that has been presented at the Congress of the European society of Urology in London, something as simple as it is to reduce salt intake could help reduce the need to urinate in the middle of the night.
Take less salt reduces the need to urinate
The researchers, led by Dr. Matsuo Tomohiro, analyzed for 12 weeks to a total of 321 men and women who had a high consumption of salt and that, in turn, were struggling to sleep well. Of them all, 223 managed to reduce their consumption of salt of 10, 7g 8g one day. What was observed was that, effectively, this group went from need to urinate 2.3 times during the night, to do so only 1.4 times.
Conversely, the remaining 98 participants, which increased its daily consumption of 9, 6g to 11g salt, also suffered an increase in their need to go to the bathroom during the morning, which was 2.3 times, 2.7. In addition, researchers observed that the reduction of salt intake reduced urination also during the day and, above all, that the reduction of nocturia caused an improvement in the quality of life for the participants.
It is the first study that examines the relationship between salt consumption and the need to go to the bathroom. The sodium salt is an important player in maintaining the right balance of fluids in the tissues and blood. So, if consumed lot of salt, the kidneys tend to generate more urine. Without forgetting that, to eat more salty way, has more thirst, and therefore drink more fluids.