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DIET 200 Sodium

by: Rebecca Istre

DIET 200 Sodium DIET 200

Rebecca Istre
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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Sodium group project
Basic Human Nutrition
Ashley Roberts
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Date Created: 04/22/16
Caleb Johnson Jordan Johnson Kim Kennedy Bailee Kibodeaux Creshae Knight Reagan Lachaussee Joseph Latiolais Mary Lavergne Asha Lavigne Sodium Roles in the Body  The primary regulator for the extracellular fluid composition/volume, acid base balance, nerve pulse transmission, and muscle contraction.  Filtered from the body by the kidneys.  Too much or too little of this crucial mineral can increase risk for heart disease. Recommendations  The recommendations are set low to protect against high blood pressure  This is because high sodium causes high blood pressure.  Upper level for adults is around 2300 mg a day.  In reality, the average adult intake is around 3400 mg. This is the most likely explanation as to why most adults develop hypertension. What’s so bad about Hypertension?  Downsides of Hypertension include that it can cause clogs in arteries. When these arteries are ones leading to the brain this is highly dangerous and can cause a type of dementia called Vascular Dementia  More information about this phenomenon can be found at  High sodium is the primary factor involved in high blood pressure. Dietary Salt is the number one source of Sodium. Thus, an overly salty diet has a direct correlation to high blood pressure. Foods with the Most Sodium  Breads and rolls  Cold cuts and cured meats  Pizza  Soups  Sandwiches  Cheese  Pasta and Meat Dishes  Snacks How to cut Salt/Sodium Intake  Select fresh/frozen vegetables, not canned  Cook with little or no added salt  Use sodium free herbs and spices  Cook with lemon juice, vinegar, or wine  Read labels for sodium  Use low salt or salt free products when possible Sodium and Osteoporosis  High salt intake is associated with increased calcium excretion. This leads to bone loss.  When bone mass is lost and the overall integrity of the bone’s structure is compromised, this is called Osteoporosis.  This is already an issue prominent among older people (esp. women), so adding further risk by a high sodium diet is very dangerous. Sodium Deficiency vs Toxicity  Sodium deficiency is tied with dehydration as oppose to dietary inadequacy. This is because your body does not retain its fluid balance if electrolytes are in shortage.  Symptoms include headache, confusion, stupor, seizures, and even coma.  Acute symptoms for toxicity are the reverse. This occurs when there is too much fluid retention. Thus sodium toxicity can lead to edemas and high blood pressure.  Prolonged toxicity will lead to certainly hypertension, which, of course, comes with its own downfalls and side effects.


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