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Sodium Can Bear Watching In Any Diet

By Tom Herrin

In reality, everyone should be keenly aware of what they eat.  Knowing the contents of foods is an important way to manage and improve health.  People may be sensitive to different things or be subject to the effects of some things more than others.  Many of the common trends include foods that are low fat, low in sugar, low carb, and gluten free.  For years, many people have sought low sodium foods.  It can be critical to health for many.  People usually think of sodium in the same respect as salt, which is largely true, but there can be other things as well.  For some, a low sodium diet can be a critical part of protecting their health and well-being.

Organ Damage Is A Big Concern

Sodium is known to have a major impact on some vital organs.  When there is too much sodium, the kidneys may have extra duty because the body will retain more water in an effort to keep a balance between sodium and water.  The heart is another organ that commonly suffers from too much sodium.  The blood vessels will typically harden due to the excess work they must do to move more than the normal amount of fluid.  This can result in high blood pressure.

Some Conditions Can Be Impacted

People who have a greater intake of salt or sodium are known to have a higher instance of stomach cancer.  A more common disease that is affected by sodium is osteoporosis.  People who take in more salt tend to see more loss of calcium from the blood through urination.  As this happens, calcium is taken from the bones to replace that which is lost from the blood.  This is a well-known part of the cause of loss of bone density, which is a major health problem, particularly in older women.

Potassium Can Help   

When people take in too much sodium, eating foods rich in potassium can help offset some of the effects.  They should never rely on this to undo a bad diet, but eating more fruits and vegetables can increase their supply of potassium.  It has many of the opposite effects on the body from sodium.  One of the most important is to relax blood vessels and help remove sodium from the blood, which can help lower blood pressure.  Educating ourselves and monitoring our intake are great ways to protect health.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.


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