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What is the minimum sodium intake?
What happen if I don't take sodium?

Joshua

Answer:

Dear Joshua,

Every body requires certain amount of sodium to live.

Under ideal conditions, the minimum sodium requirement is about 1500 milligrams (mg).

The Recommended daily dose for sodium intake for adult is 2,400 to 3,000 mg. This is les than 1 teaspoon of table salt.

Severe sodium deficiency causes low blood pressure, brain damage, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, feeling lethargic, and dehydration.

Generally, a food is considered "low sodium" if it has less than 140 mg of sodium chloride per serving.

Contrary to long-held assumptions, high-salt diets may not increase the risk of death, according to investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The Einstein researchers actually observed a significantly increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) associated with lower sodium diets.

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