Sodium is a crucial electrolyte in the body. Many foods contain small amounts of sodium naturally, but most of the sodium in the diet comes from salt. (Which a large number of people don’t know, but will know once you read this article) so in this article I’m going to tell you facts you don’t know about Sodium.
Fact no one
Salt is made of sodium (40% by weight) and chloride (60% by weight).What sodium does in the body is to bind water and maintain intracellular and extracellular fluids in the right balance. The more sodium we have in our bloodstream, the more water it binds. For this reason, sodium is thought to increase blood pressure (which it does, but only mildly).
Fact no two
It is also an electrically charged molecule, and along with potassium helps maintain electrical gradients across cell membranes, which is critical for nerve transmission, muscular contraction, and various other functions. Also know the body can NOT function without sodium. Period.
The heart has to work harder to push the blood throughout the body if blood pressure is elevated, and there is increased strain on the arteries and various organs.
Fact no three
High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for many serious diseases, like heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. It is definitely true that Blood Pressure Can Mildly Lower if Sodium is Reduce, but the effect isn’t as strong as you may think.
Fact no four
Doctors and nutritionists tell us to cut back on sodium because they believe that it will reduce our risk of serious diseases. However, blood pressure itself doesn’t kill anyone directly. Because it is not necessarily a cause of disease, it’s a risk factor. It’s very important to keep that in mind.
Even though some intervention successfully lowers a risk factor, it doesn’t mean that this automatically reduces the risk of disease, especially if the intervention causes other adverse effects that outweigh the benefit. Other studies confirm that no benefit on sodium restriction when it comes to preventing heart disease or death. Multiple studies show that salt restriction causes adverse effects on health:
Fact no five Too Little Sodium Can Cause Harm
Insulin resistance: In one study, just 8 days on a low sodium diet increased insulin resistance, a leading cause of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Type II Diabetes: A study found that a patients with type II diabetes, less sodium was associated with an increased risk of death. Hyponatremia: In athletes, a low sodium intake can cause hyponatremia, a sodium deficiency which can be very dangerous.
Fact no six Other Dietary Factors
There are many lifestyle factors that can influence blood pressure to an even greater degree than sodium restriction. Some of them include the minerals magnesium and potassium, which you should be getting if you eat plenty of animals and plants.
Another way is to eat enough of dark chocolate every day. A low-carb diet lowers insulin levels, which causes the kidneys to excrete excess sodium from the body. Low-carb diets are an excellent way to reduce blood pressure and improve health.
And last but not least, exercise is a very powerful way to reduce blood pressure and will improve your health in more ways than you can imagine.
It seems fairly ridiculous to me to blindly focus on sodium, when there are so many other lifestyle factors that can have a much stronger effect.
Fact no seven How Much Sodium is Optimal?
If you have been recommended limit sodium by your doctor for whatsoever reason, then you should continue to do so by all means. However, for generally healthy people who want to stay healthy, there doesn’t seem to be any reason to be even remotely concerned about moderate intakes of sodium.
Studies actually show that the effects of sodium may follow an s-shaped curve. Too little and too much are both harmful, the sweet spot is somewhere in between.
Also be aware that your sodium requirement may go up if you’re on a low-carb diet. Consuming unrefined varieties of salt, such as sea salt and Himalayan pink salt maybe the best. Since them both contain various trace nutrients that may be important.
I’d like to propose a radical approach to optimizing your sodium intake, Given that most people get most of their sodium from processed foods and that studies on sodium restriction don’t show any benefit.
Eat correct food.
You should add salt whenever it’s appropriate to make your food taste good.