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Health Information

Sodium

Recommended Dietary Intakes 
Adults - 920 - 2300 mg 

This Mineral Is Essential For

  • water balance in the body

  • muscle contraction

  • nerves

  • energy

  • stomach acid production

Sources

Most of the sodium we receive is from table salt, processed foods, soft drinks, meats, shellfish, condiments, snack foods, food additives, and over-the-counter laxatives. 

Comments

We generally consume far too much sodium. It is more likely that we consume excessive sodium than too little.  Excessive sodium intake can result in high blood pressurepotassium deficiency, liver and kidney disease.

Keeping sodium intake within reasonable limits is critical for long-term health. 

Deficiency Can Cause

(Over-exertion can cause the deficiency).