It is used to regulate blood pressure in volume and is necessary for muscle and nerve function. Symptoms of sodium deficiency include weakness, nausea, and muscle cramps.
Salt enables the cells in our body to function. Here is an article that explains how salt, or sodium, is important to all the functions of our cells.
Additionally, many table salts are iodized, which means they have traces of the element iodine in them. This is essential for healthy thyroid function, and lack of proper iodine in the diet can lead to formation of goiters. In America, we generally get enough iodine from the iodized salt in our diets so we do not have to worry about this, but in third world countries it can be a problem.
Sodium is one of the primary electrolytes in the body. All four cationic electrolytes are available in unrefined salt, as are other vital minerals needed for optimal body function. Too much or too little salt in the diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or electrolyte disturbance, which can cause neurological problems. Salt is sometimes used as a health aid, such as in treatment of dysautonomia.
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