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What is sodium?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Sodium is a mineral that is essential to the body for helping to maintain proper fluid balance, regulating your blood pressure, transmitting nerve impulses, and helping your muscles relax. Sodium is one of the electrolytes as is potassium. Sodium is often referred to as salt but salt actually is 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Sodium is needed by the body but we tend to get one and a half times more than what we need on a daily basis.

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