Sodium is one mineral you don't
need to worry about getting enough of. The typical modern diet
has more than enough in the form of sodium chloride - otherwise
known a table salt - found in processed foods, cured meats,
canned vegetables, salty snacks and condiments. There's no need
to keep a salt shaker on the dinner table as there is probably
more than enough sodium in your meal without an extra sprinkle.
Natural Food Sources
Bacon, bread, butter, clams, green beans, ham, milk, olives,
pickles, processed foods, table salt.
Sodium is an electrolyte that plays a crucial role in
maintaining blood pressure. Along with potassium and chloride,
it regulates fluids and acid-base balance in the body. It is
also involved in nerve transmission and muscle contraction,
including the heartbeat.
Sodium excess is a more likely scenario, but profound sweating,
fever, diarrhea, fasting and very low-salt diets can result in
symptoms like muscle twitching, dehydration, memory loss,
nausea, poor concentration and loss of appetite. In rare cases,
sodium deficiency can lead to shock due to decreased blood
High sodium diets, common in modern society, may lead to water
retention and hypertension.
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