How Dangerous Is Salt For Your Health?

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Very low blood sodium may be a health concern

Most research focuses on the negative health impact of too much sodium. However, more studies are needed to learn about the dangerous effects on the body of extremely low blood sodium, known medically as hyponatremia.

Studies have shown sodium to be an important electrolyte which helps regulate the balance of water around body cells. This balance is important for efficient muscle, brain, and nerve function.

Signs of insufficient blood sodium, an affliction which is more common among older folks, may include altered personality, fatigue, confusion, and even coma.

You can increase low blood sodium levels by decreasing your water intake, and replacing some of it with drinks containing electrolytes, like sports drinks or coconut water. Taking in too much fluid can dilute the sodium in your bloodstream and may cause water retention. You can also help by increasing your intake of healthy, sodium-rich foods, and being mindful to concentrate on the natural products.

 

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Conclusion

Ideally, sodium levels need to be well balanced. Protect yourself from the perils of high blood pressure and heart disease by monitoring your consumption of salt and sodium.

If you suffer from hyponatremia, or low sodium, and have severe symptoms which you cannot correct naturally, don’t hesitate to visit the doctor for help. You could save your life!

References:

www.paho.org

www.who.int

www.georgeinstitute.org.au

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