It’s important for several reasons. To begin with, sodium is crucial for maintaining cellular health in our bodies. Without it, our cells would not be able to obtain the nutrients needed for survival. Sodium allows our muscles to contract normally and our nervous system depends on it. Finally, sodium is needed for proper digestion of the food we consume on a daily basis.
Sodium is an electrolyte that contributes to blood and fluid regulation in the body and transmits electrical impulses throughout the body. Sodium also regulates nerves and controls muscle contraction. A sodium deficiency can lead to headaches, low blood pressure, and fatigue, but too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. Some good sources of sodium, besides table salt, are apples, bananas, leafy greens, and egg yolks.
When in good balance, sodium is responsible for the maintenance of water in the body and helps pump water in our cells. Sodium is also a preventative substance for sunstroke and muscle cramps, two conditions which can be caused by dehydration or exposure to high temperatures. Because sodium helps retain water in the body, it can prevent these situations. In addition, the brain cannot function properly without sodium – it keeps our minds sharp and active. To explore more ways sodium benefits our bodies, see the link below.
Sodium is very important for all of the reasons stated above, but do take note that we only need about 500 mg of sodium daily for our body to perform all its vital functions (maintain normal fluid levels, healthy muscle function, stomach & nerve function and pH levels). It is, thus, easy to “overdose” on this otherwise beneficial electrolyte, and consequently cause health problems. Excessive sodium intake can cause fluid retention, which can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) and can aggravate many medical disorders, including congestive heart failure, certain forms of kidney disease, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
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