Sodium & Its Effects

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Sodium is the sixth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, and exists in numerous minerals such as feldspars, sodalite and rock salt (NaCl). Many salts of sodium are highly water-soluble, and their sodium has been leached by the action of water so that sodium and chlorine (Cl) are the most common dissolved elements by weight in the Earth’s bodies of oceanic water.

In humans, sodium is an essential nutrient that regulates blood volume, blood pressure, osmotic equilibrium and pH. Sodium is predominantly found in our diets through the consumption of salt and thus medical studies appear to have found the correlation between high levels of salt in our diets and high blood pressure.

A large swathe of opinion is that salt makes your body retain water and if you eat too much, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. This can be a particular problem if you already have high blood pressure. Also, eating too much salt may mean that blood pressure medicines, such as diuretics, don’t work as well.

Sodium is consumed in many ways. Most of the sodium we consume in our diets is hidden in processed foods but also, as we feel the need to make our food taste better at the table, sodium in our table salt or sea salt we use at home adds to the amount of sodium we consume.

Swapping regular table salt or sea salt for Saltneys allows you to improve the flavour of your food without increasing the amount of sodium in your diet.

All the taste of salt but virtually sodium free…Saltneys is the Better way.

Click here to find out more about a healthy lifestyle and salt in your diet by visiting the NHS Choices website.