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Sodium
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
 
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Function: Acid-base balance, muscle contraction, nerve impulse, amino acid ­ absorption

Sources: Naturally occurring in meats, milk products, water, eggs, poultry, and fish; abundant in canned foods and other commercially processed foods

Optimum Intake: 2,000 mg

Deficiency Signs: Deficiency is very uncommon, except in the case of dehydration through profuse sweating or diarrhea. Symptoms can include muscle weakness and cramping, low blood pressure, muscle twitching, mental confusion, anorexia, and fainting.

Toxicity: High blood pressure, especially when potassium intake is low

 
 
 
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