Sodium

Functions

  • Helps in the regulation of fluid balance in the body.
  • Along with potassium, it helps in maintaining the acid base balance in the body.
  • Important for the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
  • Essential for nerve and muscle function.

Sources

  • Seafood
  • Beef
  • Poultry
  • Celery
  • Beet
  • Carrot
  • Artichoke
  • Salt in processed foods (cheese, smoked meat, packed and fast foods, yeast extract etc.)
  • Table salt
  • Baking soda

Deficiency

  • Anorexia
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Poor memory
  • Impaired concentration
  • Muscle weakness

Toxicity

  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis