Nutritional Imbalance: Excess Sodium

Most of what is written about sodium intake is negative, but sodium is essential to our existence and is necessary for the preservation of our health. It plays a major role in regulating water balance, acid-base balance, transferring nerve impulses, regulating muscle action and transporting nutrients to all the body’s cells. However, we are concerned here with the negative effects of excess sodium in the body.

Sodium (in salt) is added to most processed foods and occurs naturally in smaller quantities in many foods. For example, celery, beets, carrots and milk all contain sodium.

Excess sodium has been found to cause elevated blood pressure levels, especially in the 20% to 40% of the population with a family history of high blood pressure. As well, in the general population there are possible connections between high levels of sodium and changes in the level of stomach acid secretion, stomach cancer, migraine headaches and blood vessel disease in the heart and brain.

Excess Sodium Recommendations:

Sodium is a necessary nutrient and most people are not bothered by having a little salt in their diet. But, if your nutritional analysis returns a high score for sodium you should try… (your complete nutritional profile will have detailed information about how to correct high levels of sodium while maintaining your overall nutritional balance).