12 Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Sodium
When you think of Sodium you immediately think of table salt and it’s negative effects on the body, but it is an essential mineral for the regulation of blood pressure and the balance of fluids in the body. It keeps the body working by sending messages along the nerves and is important for hydration and muscle contractions. We have added 95mg of Sodium into each serving of KidsLuv juice to ensure your little ones are getting their daily dose.
According to the American Heart Association, Children require 1000-1500mg of sodium each day. It is essential that you monitor the amount of sodium your child is getting each day as too much salt can contribute to high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease later in life.
Here is a quick breakdown of the benefits of sodium and its role on our bodies:
Sodium is an important element in the development of the brain as it works to improve brain function, keeping the mind sharp. The brain is very sensitive to change in sodium levels in the body; and a deficiency of sodium can impact the brain negatively causing confusion, dizziness, and lethargy.
It is an essential mineral for controlling water levels in the body by helping to drive fluids into the cells and preventing water loss from the body.
A healthy dose of sodium is necessary for regulation of blood pressure and can help maintain normal contractions of the heart. An excessive intake of sodium can dramatically boost the blood pressure and result in serious health complications
Muscle cramps are largely caused due to electrolyte imbalance & dehydration and are quite common in the summer months. Sodium is responsible for muscle contraction and hydration. Sodium rich juices and fluids help to restore electrolyte balance in the body and reduce muscle cramps.
Sunstroke, which is a form of heat exhaustion, is the result of a loss of water and salt from the body caused by continuous exposure to high temperatures which makes it difficult for the body to maintain its normal temperature. Sodium is a vital remedy for sunstroke as it replaces the loss of essential electrolytes. So it is advised to drink fluids rich in sugar to prevent sunstroke.
Despite the many benefits of Sodium, eating salty foods in excess can lead to serious health problems especially in children as these health issues progressively worsen with age. Most prepackaged foods in stores and restaurants are heavy in salt so it is vital that you check food labels and feed children foods with moderate salt content.