Salt and pepper are the most popular condiments found in restaurants and the average American home. A little pinch of salt goes a long way when giving your favorite meals a kick! But did you know that having too much salt may affect your fertility?

As harmless as it may seem, it is important to limit your salt intake when trying to get a bun in the oven.

Read on to learn how salt may impact your reproductive health when trying for a baby.

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How Does Salt Affect Fertility Health?

The European Congress of Endocrinology conducted a study on rats to learn the effects of salt on reproductive health. Researchers found that: “Those with high salt diets – three to four times the daily amount recommended for humans – had delayed puberty.”

Although there isn’t research that proves salt may impair human fertility, researchers believe there is a correlation between high sodium intake and conception health.

Wendy Chang, MD, fertility specialist and scientific director at the Southern California Reproductive Center states: “Salt has been linked to high blood pressure, which is associated with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine disorder that can affect a woman’s hormone levels, periods, ovulation, and fertility”.

A study published in the Egyptian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences shares that: “Sperm concentration, motility, viability and morphology were significantly altered in sucrose, salt, and sucrose + salt fed rats”.
How Much Salt Is Safe to Consume Daily?

After learning about the negative effects of salt, you may think that cutting salt out completely is the answer. However, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman, Alissa Rumsey, reports that: “Too little sodium can cause just as much harm as too much. Studies have shown increased mortality and increased blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk from too little sodium— similar effects as we see from too much.” In fact, rats who with salt-free diets experience a delay in puberty.

It isn’t every day that you hear “safe” and “salt” in the same sentence. Nonetheless, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises people to ingest less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. As you begin your conception journey, try to purchase organic foods that are low in sodium and cook with small amounts of salt.