Sodium

Yes Sodium and salt is needed in your body too. But hold on don’t get too carried away and eat that whole bag of pretzels, too much sodium can be a bad thing for your body. Sodium is lost through sweat and urine and must be replenished daily. But don’t worry there is no need on adding extra salt to your food. Food has natural sodium in it. Sauces and processed foods have high amounts of sodium in them. Be sure to read labels, it will come in handy later in life especially if you have a family history of high blood pressure.

• What it does: it maintains amount of fluid around cells, it is a part of muscle movement, and it facilitates signals from the brain to the body, and keeps the body pH at a neutral level.

• Good Sources: salt, processed foods, sauces, condiments,

• What happens if you consume too much of it: high blood pressure, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks,

• How much is too much: more than 2300 mg/day

• What happens if you don’t consume enough: in America this is not a common problem. If anything Americans eat too much sodium

• Daily Requirement Intake: Adults (19-50 years) = 1500 mg/day

(>51 years) = 1300 mg/day

This information can be found in any nutrition text book or on the National Institute of Health Website. This is only a basic description of vitamins and the amounts needed for an average adult diet of 2,000 calories. Some vitamins and foods may react with your body when on certain medications. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplements or diet. For further information consult with your Physician or a Registered Dietitian. Your way to excellent health starts with you.