The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Sodium

by Aaron Pressley Galvin on 21st December,2018

The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Sodium

We all know of Salt, its been around with thousands of years and will be around for a long time to come. Salt contains Sodium and we need a certain amount of Sodium to keep our bodies operating properly but conversely too much Sodium can cause terrible health issues. Our food now, more than ever, contains huge amounts of Sodium, especially in convenience and processed foods. The idea of adding table Salt to food these days is redundant because nearly everything we eat is already fortified with Sodium by food companies and for that reason I personally never add Salt to any of my food.

A healthy intake of Sodium For Children should be no more than 1000-1200mg and 1200-1500mg for Adults per day. Sodium is essential to regulate muscle contractions in the body and facilitate the transmission of Nerve signals. When we exercise we lose sodium through sweating and it needs to be replaced so you could get away with a slightly higher intake of plus 500-1000mg to your daily limits depending on how active you are.

An excessive intake of Sodium can lead to...

  • Bloating

  • Water Retention

  • Weight Gain

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Headaches

  • Stomach Cancer

  • Stroke

  • Kidney Stones

  • Kidney Failure

  • Heart Attack

So maybe you should think twice next time your pouring Salt on to your food or go one better and get rid of it from the cupboards for good!


Last Modified: Friday 21st December 2018