Sodium is one of seven essential macrominerals. Sodium has gotten a bad rap in our society because of the sodium chloride used in white table salt. The sodium we are discussing is very beneficial and extremely necessary for our bodies to function well.
Sodium from food and herbal sources help calcium keep your body strong and flexible. It is called the "Youth Element" for this very reason.
Sodium and potassium work closely together. High sodium intake can raise blood pressure while high potassium intake relaxes arterial walls, helps the body excrete the sodium, thereby lowering the blood pressure. The body needs a lot more potassium than sodium.
Keeps calcium and magnesium balanced
Keeps us youthful
Conducts nerve impulses
Contracts and relaxes muscles
Maintains proper balance of water and minerals
Aids in production of HCI or hydrochloric acid (stomach acid used to breakdown food)
Helps maintain a normal metabolism
Works on a cellular level
Signs of Deficiency (hyponatremia)
Low blood sugar
Joint pain and swelling
Altered mental state/confusion
Signs of Excess (hypernatremia)
Swelling in extremities
High blood pressure
Loss of appetite
Nearly all foods contain a small amount of sodium
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