Potential Benefits: Sodium’s presence in the circulatory system helps the body keep blood pressure and the overall volume of blood flow within normal ranges. Sodium helps keep the blood from clotting, which can be a very dangerous situation.
In the blood, sodium together with potassium helps maintain the blood's delicate pH balance. Sodium also helps carry important nutrients to the cells.In the digestive system, sodium assists in the process of metabolising foods into energy.
It protects the stomach lining by preventing the acids inside the stomach from burning it.
Description: Sodium, has been getting a lot of attention over recent years, which has been mainly negative. However, which ever way that you look at sodium, it is still classed as a major mineral and is very important that the body receives it's daily quota in order to function correctly.
Sodium is an electrolyte meaning that it, along with Chloride and Potassium, helps control the electrical charges that occur between cells, which are used by to communicate with one another and give us our 5 senses.
Potential Side Effects: Acute toxicity results in edema and hypertension and can cause death in an infant because of limited excretory ability of the immature kidney, however, adults excrete it easily. High fluid retention has also been linked to many forms of arthritis.
Potential Interaction: The body loses sodium every day. It escapes the body by way of the urine and also via sweat, which is why a considerable amount is lost on hot days and after a strenuous exercise session.
Because so many foods contain sodium, a deficiency is rare. However, a serious loss of sodium can result from excessive vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Diuretics, such as those that are prescribed to help lower blood pressure, can also deplete sodium levels.
General Usage: Should be taken daily.
Food Sources: High quantities of Sodium are in most processed and preserved foods. Potato chips and pretzels, hot dogs, ham and bacon, tomato sauces, ketchup, lunch meats and canned soups are good examples.
Lower levels of Sodium also occur naturally in many foods including meat, chicken, eggs, nuts, seafood, fish, carrots, beets, artichokes, cauliflower, celery and even milk. Since so many of the foods we eat already contain salt, it isn't necessary to add more prior to consumption.
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