Many now fear Sodium since it has been linked with heart disease and high blood pressure. But, in all honesty, the only way sodium or any mineral can ever hurt the body, is when the other needed bodily minerals are out of balance. When there are healthy levels of Magnesium and Potassium, the body benefits greatly from Sodium's presence. Without it, we wouldn't be able to maintain proper hydration, blood pressure, nervous system functioning, digestion, and energy production. Heres how it works:
One of the main roles sodium plays is in regulating the balance of fluids inside and outside the cells. Fluids like water, lymph, plasma, and interstitial fluid all rely on the presence of sodium to keep normal levels and pressures. Sodium has this quality because it carries a charge in solution. In order for water to move around the body, it needs positively and negatively charged ions (electrolytes). The main electrolytes used outside of our cells are Sodium (Na+) and Chloride (Cl-). the Oxygen (O-) in water (H2O) is attracted to the Sodium, while the hydrogen (H2+) is attracted to the Chloride. Together these relationships help to maintain the Osmotic Pressure Gradient within the body, pulling water through cell barriers. If sodium levels get too high, your kidneys will be stimulated to excrete the excess. If Sodium levels are too low, your kidneys will hold onto fluids as to keep the balance. (1)
Energy distribution and absorption
The nature of the relationship between Sodium and Potassium is ultimately what allows us to give and receive electrical charge. This makes nervous system function possible and gives rise to intuition and strong auric fields. Sodium and Potassium must be in the correct ratios in order to keep membrane potential (charge) active in the body. This means that it is extremely important to get both minerals into your diet daily. To keep a healthy balance, Sodium and Potassium use what are called gradients, which are pathways between the inside and the outside of cells. These gradients function based on the charge of particular ions (positives + and Negatives -). Sodium and Potassium like to maintain equilibrium and will shift mechanically to ensure that the charge and pressure are appropriately maintained. In order keep the levels of Potassium in the Intracellular fluid (inside the cell) and Sodium in the extracellular fluid (outside the cell) in a polarity, the body’s cells rely on something called the Sodium-Potassium Pump. Basically, in order to respond to stimuli or nerve impulses, there needs to be 'active potential' within the cell. Meaning that there must be a difference of charge or voltage between the outside of the cell and the inside. To maintain this potential, the cell will use one ATP enzyme and release 3 Sodium (Na+) ions into the Extracellular Fluid. Once these NA+ ions have been released 2 Potassium (K+) ions are brought into the cell. This results in a net charge of 1+ ion in the Extracellular Fluid and ultimately allows for energy to be acted upon within the body and cell. This consistent shift and movement of the Sodium-Potassium pump absorbs and releases energy and gives your body a charge and frequency that can be used to maintain a wide variety of physiological roles as well as interpersonal relationships with forms of the outside world. (2)
Most have at least heard of glucose as being one of the main energy sources for the body. But, in order to make energy from Glucose, your cells first have to get them inside. Normally, this would be very hard since Glucose is a rather large molecule. This is where the Sodium-Glucose Co-transport comes in. Potassium and Sodium have their own gradients, flowing in and out of the cell. Glucose will hitch a ride down this gradient along with proteins in order to get inside of the cell. This process is called Facilitated Diffusion. With the assistance of the Sodium-Potassium pump, your body can retrieve the needed sugars it needs to create energy and continue to feed itself and give animating life to your being. (3)
Nerve and Muscular Functioning
Remember how one of the functions of electrolytes is to carry charge within the body? In order for our muscles to contract or our hearts to beat, cells need an electrical signal. Through charge, our brains are able to send signals that tell our bodies to move or organs to be stimulated. The flow of Potassium and Sodium into and out of the cells creates electrical potential. This in turn excites the cell and causes a response. Every time you flex a muscle, Sodium leaves the cell creating a positive charge, which then causes the contraction of your muscle fibers. When the charge outside of one cell flips, it influences the others around it to do the same. This is because the electrical potential must be maintained in that area. The overall action of moving your finger might not seem like much, but the foundation of minerals your body stores is what makes it possible. We easily forget about the trillions of actions and processes happening within our bodies that work to facilitate our sensations, movements, thoughts, locomotion, digestion, and so on. Our entire existence relies on the balance of these basic minerals. Without Sodium, it would be impossible to have nerve impulses - meaning it would be impossible to see, hear, taste, smell, move, breathe, have a heartbeat, or experience life at all. (4)
Acid and Base balance in the body comes down to charge. An excess of Positive + ions equals a more acidic environment. Whereas an excess of Negative - ions equals a more basic or Alkaline environment. Primarily, this has to do with free Hydrogen(+) and hydroxl-groups (-) inside our systems. Sodium plays a critical role in forming buffers in the body. These buffers are used to help control the pH of the body. Sodium readily bonds with either Phosphates or Carbonates. When Sodium bonds it will form compounds with either a weak + or - charge. These compounds, in turn, react with substances with a strong + or- charge, in effect lowering or raising the charge in the blood. For example when Sodium bonds with phosphorus it forms a weak base (sodium monohydrogen phosphate). This compound likes to react with Hydrochloric Acid creating Sodium dihydrogen phosphate (weak acid) and sodium chloride. This neutralizes the reaction and balances the PH and charge keeping everything in its healthy and preferred range.
Signs and Symptoms of Defeciency or Excess:
It's usually uncommon for individuals to be Sodium deficient since we tend to get an overabundance from our modern diets. But, it can still happen when an individual has absorption issues, physical exerts themselves often, abuses drugs/alcohol, or has chronic kidney and liver issues. A sodium deficiency is referred to as Hyponatremia and can express itself in the following ways:
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of energy, drowsiness and fatigue
Restlessness and irritability
Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
It is more common for individuals to have an overabundance of Sodium in their body. This occurs when other minerals are lacking, such as Magnesium and Potassium. The over-consumption of caffeine and alcohol strips the body of magnesium and potassium and can often cause Sodium levels to rise. Not drinking enough water and too much protein in the diet can also increase sodium levels. Too much Sodium is referred to hypernatremia and expresses itself in the following ways:
Dehydration and excessive thirst
Severe, watery diarrhea
Delirium or Dementia
a rare condition known as diabetes insipidus
Twitching, spasms, or seizures
Including the Immortal Minerals Cell Salt Formula into your routine can help balance mineral levels of the body and relieve symptoms of Sodium imbalances.
Immortal Minerals Cell Salt Formula
$25.00 - $200.00
A perfect cell salt formula.
12 Essential Salts supersaturated into living spring water in the ratios that your cells prefer.
Add 1 full dropper to 32oz of water and drink 1-3x a day.
*1oz vials tends to last one individual 3-4 weeks. Time is decreased if shared.