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Understanding sodium & choosing salt

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
20 February 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

All of us need sodium. It is a vital element. Sodium, principle element in salt, is necessary for normal fluid balance and optimal nerve and muscle function. However, too much sodium is bad for us. It is important to understand why we do need it in order to consume proper amounts of sodium through the salt in our diet.

The Significant Uses Of Sodium In Our Body

A balanced diet has a pivotal role to play in staying healthy and well. The following breakfast options help reinforce your immune mechanism:

  • Our body utilizes sodium to sustain normal fluid levels. A good equilibrium between sodium and fluid in the body is very crucial for good heart, liver, and kidney health. Sodium monitors blood fluids and circumvents hypotension.
  • A subtle balance of sodium and potassium is exceedingly critical. Water in the body follows sodium, so if you have large amounts of sodium in the body, your body will retain water. Another electrolyte essential in our body, Potassium, works to bring about an equilibrium. 
  • Sodium helps balance the electrolytes in the body and wards off muscle cramping. In the absence of adequate electrolytes, there will be exhaustion, irregular heartbeat, nausea, and seizures.
  • The nervous system needs sodium for the electrical conduction of nerve impulses to transmit and receive signals.

Too little sodium can be hazardous. Low levels of sodium affect brain activity. It triggers sluggishness and lethargy. Nervous system coordination gets afflicted resulting in muscle twitches, seizures, a loss of consciousness, and even death. The functioning of the kidneys as well as the heart gets affected adversely, too.

Too Much Sodium And Its Consequences

Too Much Sodium And Its Consequences

Conversely, an excess amount of sodium through unhealthy sources such as packaged and heavily processed food is associated with hypertension, renal disorders, cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Heart Association elucidates that a large amount of sodium results in an increase in the blood volume. Consequently, the heart has to work harder to pump blood. Hypertension, atherosclerosis and heart attacks can be the consequences. Controlling blood pressure becomes a tricky problem. The American Heart Association advises people to restrict their sodium intake in order to manage hypertension.

Good heart health is the foundation stone of your overall wellness. It is vital that you keep your heart healthy and functioning optimally. According to your health and dietary needs, it is important to use the right kind of salt for your everyday needs. If you are hypertensive and looking to reduce your sodium intake, try Tata Salt Lite as it offers 15% lesser sodium, while Tata Salt Plus can help you increase your iron intake. Choose the ideal salt by having an open conversation with your doctor to understand your unique needs and requirements. The right source and quantity of sodium in your body can be your key to better health.



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  • Kalpana Khare 25 April, 2020

    The article is really useful .But how much amount of sodium &potassium one reuires is necessary to understnad

  • Santi Ranjan Roy 25 April, 2020

    Often I feel very weakness, dizziness,etc in the morning and BP becomes very low like 105/64, pulse rate 76. At that time I drink water of salt and sugar. Sometimes take electral and gradually feel better for few days. My Angioplasty were done in 2012 with 2 stents and in 2017 with 3 stents. I am under treatment of cardiologist.

  • Narendra Wagle 25 April, 2020

    How much salt must a normal person consume per day? “Invisible” intake through snacks + table salt. Is excess potassium harmful? What about anti-caking agents containing aluminium, safety as aluminium is implicated in alzheimer’s disease.
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