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How are sodium levels regulated in my body?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Sodium levels are regulated by the kidney and adrenal gland. The adrenal gland produces a hormone called aldosterone that tells the kidneys how much sodium to retain. When either sodium or potassium becomes unbalanced, the kidney may expend the other electrolyte to maintain a balance. In kidney disease, this balancing function is lost and electrolyte imbalance occurs, causing problems with electrical conduction throughout the body, including the muscles, nerves, and heart.

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