When it comes to adding a little flavor to your dish, where do you turn? We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess you reach for the saltshaker—and that it isn’t filled with a salt substitute. And you’re not alone. Salt is a fan favorite when it comes to the spice rack, but as friendly as salt may be to your taste buds, it’s not so friendly to your body. Excessive sodium intake can cause all sorts of health problems in the long run because your body retains excess water, therefore raising your blood pressure and putting a strain on your kidneys, arteries, heart and brain.