Sodium - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food SourcesWhat is Sodium?
The Sodium mineral is also known as salt. The typical modern diet has more than enough in the form of sodium chloride otherwise it is known a table salt. It is found in processed foods, cured meats, canned vegetables, salty snacks and condiments. Approximately 30% of the sodium mineral inside the body is stored in the bones and the balance is found in body fluids. Sodium is a main component of blood plasma and approximately 60% is contained in the fluids that surround cells. About 10% of the body's sodium is stored inside the cells. 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.
Uses and Benefits of Sodium
Deficiency Symptoms of Sodium
Recommended Dosage of Sodium
There is no official Recommended Dietary Allowance or Dietary Reference Intake for this mineral but a minimum requirement range has been estimated at 200 - 500 mg per day.
Rich Food Sources of Sodium
Most processed and preserved foods contain high quantity of sodium. Potato chips and pretzels, hot dogs, ham and bacon, tomato sauces, ketchup, lunch meats and canned soups are good sources of sodium. The natural substance in which the sodium mineral is present are meat, chicken, eggs, nuts, seafood, fish, carrots, beets, artichokes, cauliflower, celery and even milk.
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