The internet is back at it again, and this time it could probably kill you. From men dipping their testicles in soy sauce to teens putting coins in iPhone chargers, a number of bizarre trends have circulated on TikTok in recent weeks.
Now, a weird trend has started circulating on the app that involves a huge amount of salt. The challenge, widely referred to as the ‘Salt Challenge’, sees teens pouring salt directly into their mouths from the container.
The challenge very closely resembles the ‘cinnamon challenge’ which went viral a few years back on Youtube. The aim of that trend was to eat a spoonful of cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking any liquids. Needless to say, many of those videos ended the same with the participants spitting the spice out. (and a lot of choking)
Any normal person knows how disgusting it would be to taste a huge amount of salt and then swallow it dry. But for some reason, people on TikTok seem unbothered by all the gross factors, dry throats and disgusting taste.
Apart from it being plain gross, this challenge also comes with a lot of health risks. In the long run, eating too much salt in your daily life affects your blood pressure, and consuming a huge amount of salt altogether has many adverse effects. Scratchy throats, dehydration and vomiting are just the basics though, in some cases consuming a lot of salt can lead to irreversible effects for life.
Experts recommend people not to participate in this activity and underline that eating too much salt can have bad consequences for human health, both in the short and long term. Eating too much salt can poison a person depending on how much he eats. The high amount of salt entering the body can raise sodium levels, causing intense thirst, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. It can also lead to seizures, putting people in a coma and causing fatal consequences.
This is because the sodium in salt is a water trap and your heart is working harder to pump the high amount of fluid needed. Consuming too much salt can also cause cardiovascular disorders such as heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, headache, kidney stones and kidney diseases. Though most people are seen spitting the salt out in the videos, the unexpectedly high level of sodium that enters the body might cause swelling in the brain.
If you have unfortunately taken part in this weird social media trend, doctors suggest drinking a lot of water to balance out its effects, if you still feel discomfort, you should probably head to the hospital or a doctor to get it checked out - it could be more than just a dry throat and vomiting.
I think it goes without saying, but for all those people who love weird challenges - please for the love of everything good, do not try this one.