Advantages & disadvantages of no-sodium diet

Why is sodium necessary for our body?

Sodium plays an important role in maintaining our health. 3 main functions of sodium are:

  1. It regulates the amount of fluid in our body.
  2. Helps in relaxing and contrasting muscles.
  3. Helps in transporting some of the important nutrients from one place to another through blood vessels. 

Advantages of no-sodium diet

No-sodium diet was prescribed by the medical experts to cure some of the health conditions and diseases such as:

  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Decrease cancer risks
  • Heart disease

Disadvantages of no-sodium diet

  • Our body will be dehydrated from inside
  • Muscles weakens and cannot relax or contrast
  • Functioning of nutrients transportation stops
  • Weakness and tiredness occur in body
  • Causing Confusion 
  • We face problems in our normal functionings such as walking, standing, sitting etc.
  • It affects brain and cause swelling in the brain
  • Brain unables to function properly
  • Causing condition called Hyponatremia

How much sodium is important in our diet?

According to the experts and researches humans can consume 5 grams of sodium per day. This is the safe and adequate amount suggested by the doctors if one takes extra amounts of salt in their daily routine, that is also risky for their health. 

It’s very important to take sodium in moderate amounts as low sodium and high sodium both have their own side effects and health risks. So major the amount of sodium you consume to stay healthy and fit. 

Some of the patients undergoing any medical condition cannot take 5 grams of sodium, for them a low sodium diet is advised. Amount of sodium intake depends upon various factors so do not follow any diet on your own. It can be dangerous to your health. 

High sodium food

  • Fast food
  • Processed food
  • Processed meat
  • Cheese
  • Dairy products
  • Pickles 
  • Sauces 
  • Condiments 
  • Pasta 
  • Pizza

Low sodium food

  • Fresh veggies
  • Fresh fruits
  • Frozen fruits and veggies
  • Fresh fish & meat
  • Eggs 
  • Soups
  • Dairy products
  • Breads
  • Nuts
  • seeds

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