Salt and Water

1 03 2010

Both the sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl) ion are necessary for the human body to function. There are known as essential minerals. Both sodium and chloride are necessary for a number of important functions throughout the body. In fact, there are far to many to go into detail here, suffice to say without them we could not live. It seems you can’t get escape your roots, and the salt water slime was where we originated.

I am going to focus some commentary now on the sodium aspect of the equation. This is because when we speak of the need to avoid “salt”, what we are really speaking of is reducing the sodium intake. If you look closely, you will see the “salt substitutes” contain a substitute for sodium so there is an X-chloride there. You still intake the same chloride content, but that’s OK. It’s the sodium that is the dickens.

Although the sodium ion functions in many different capacities throughout the body, the regulation of how much sodium we retain is generally performed by the kidneys. The kidneys work closely with the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The regulators of body fluid volume are related to sodium metabolism. It is this relationship to the body’s volume status that helps relate sodium intake to blood pressure.

Next we’ll look at the blood pressure/hypertension sodium relationship




2 responses

9 03 2010

In years of trying to lower my salt intake I have discovered that I have become very sensitive to salt, can taste it when I eat cheese, and even bread!

9 03 2010

That’s not unusual once we stop taking in the massive amounts. I was the same way. Now you can enjoy the seasoning as it was meant to be used!

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