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Sodium - the Blood Pressure Raiser

Table salt …
Sodium in combination with chlorine is known as table salt. A sodium deficiency is rare, but it can occur when a low supply is combined with increased elimination. This can be caused by strong perspiration, diarrhoea or vomiting. Beverages containing sodium are given as treatment. The effects of a deficiency are low blood pressure, muscle cramps and tachycardia. In the case of a heat collapse, salt tablets and water can also help to restore the water balance. The sodium deposits can be depleted by very high doses of potassium. At the same time, very high doses of sodium cause low potassium levels.
 
Too much …
More often, we have to deal with too much sodium. An excessive sodium supply is manifested by high blood pressure! A high-salt diet binds a lot of water, which increases the blood volume and thus raises the blood pressure. A very high overdose of sodium can even be fatal.
 
Literature: Gesund durch ausreichend Vitamine, Mineralstoffe & Spurenelemente, Nährstoff-Akademie Salzburg; ISBN: 3-902472-00-6

Sodium - sources

  mg/100g daily supply: 550 mg, equivalent to
Salt 38183.00 1.4 g = 3 pinches
Broth cubes 25000.00 2.2 g = 1/2 cube
Caviar 2000.00 27.5 g = 5 1/2 teaspoons
Mustard 1250.00 44 g = 8 1/2 teaspoons
Soft cheese 1200.00 46 g = 2 1/2 slices
Sausage 976.00 56 g = 5 1/2 slices
Olives 820.00 67 g = 16 pieces