Sodium chloride (NaCl) salt is an inorganic, edible crystal that may be harmful to your poker game.
It is in most of our diets more in some. Foods that are very high in salt include pizza, pickles, vegetable juices, ketchup, most sandwiches, and frozen foods. Often times, we add more salt to enhance the taste. Apart from foods with a high salt content, there are many other foods that can interfere with your poker playing skills.
What does that have to do with the game of poker?
Recently, I read a brochure published by Los Angeles Jewish Family Service: “Everyone needs salt for fluid balance and muscle and nerve function.” Yes, salt is an essential part of our diet. On the other hand, the leaflet goes on to warn us: “Too much salt has become a major health problem.”
High salt consumption can be bad for a person’s health – high blood pressure, stroke, heart and kidney disease, possible liver damage, and osteoporosis. What’s more, it can lead to cognitive decline – a decline in intellectual abilities. And it can seriously disrupt your poker game by destroying your thinking skills. Otherwise, salty foods can affect your intelligence!
At the poker table, it can make it harder to make the right decisions; as it is, you only have a few seconds to act when it’s your turn to do so. More mistakes are bound to happen – and, as a consequence, you tend to lose more and more chips.
What can you do? No one wants to be a loser. On the one hand, you can study poker books and read expert columns in poker magazines; and you can even take courses that teach winning poker – skills, tactics, and concepts.
Also, stay away from foods that are high in salt; at least reduce them. Don’t add extra salt to your diet.
When it comes to nutrition, there are many types of food: some superfoods help you avoid gaining weight. Others stimulate your cognitive function and improve your memory. On the other hand, some foods are known to have harmful effects on your brain function. Nutritionists advise us to consume them in moderation to limit the negative effects.
Slowly, but surely, these foods can harm your intelligence, interfere with cognitive function and your ability to think. Let’s identify the top ones.
• Salty foods not only affect your blood pressure and heart, they can also affect cognitive function and interfere with your thinking ability. In fact, consumption of salty foods and nicotine has been shown to have the same effect as drugs, as they cause severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings for salty foods.
• Sugar and sugary products are bad not only for your waistline, but also for your brain function. Long-term consumption of sugar can cause neurological problems and impair your memory. On the other hand, sugar can also interfere with your learning abilities.
• Alcohol damages your liver over time, and it also causes “brain fog” – mental confusion that affects your memory and your ability to think clearly. Stop drinking alcoholic beverages or limit your intake to one or two drinks per week.
In the next column, we will discuss some other foods that can also harm your poker game. “We are what we eat!”