How it can help
■ Plays a critical role in regulating the body’s water balance.
■ Helps transmit nerve impulses, keep cells healthy and helps
them absorb and transport nutrients throughout the body.
■ It plays a critical role in maintaining the blood’s PH levels.
Where sodium can be found
Virtually all foods contain sodium; salt, of course, is the main source.
What are the signs of deficiency?
Abdominal cramps, anorexia, confusion, dehydration, fatigue, flatulence, dizziness, headache, lethargy, muscular weakness, nausea and vomiting.
■ Sodium deficiency is common in elderly people because of the use of diuretics.
■ A proper balance of sodium and potassium is essential for good health.
■ An imbalance of sodium and potassium can lead to heart disease.