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1807, Sodium Discovered

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11 Impressive Benefits Of Sodium
Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte and an essential ion present in the extracellular fluid (ECF). One of the health benefits of sodium is the pivotal role it plays in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. It is very important for osmoregulation and fluid maintenance within the human body. Some other health benefits include improved heart performance, nervous system and glucose absorption.

Sodium is needed for blood regulation and its absence can cause serious impairment of bodily function. It is a versatile element and occurs in more than eighty different forms. As an electrolyte, it regulates the bodily fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Unlike other vitamins and minerals, heat has no effect on it. Therefore, it can be used in different ways and preparations without losing its effects. Also, it is an important constituent of nerves and helps regulate muscle contractions.

Although sodium is an essential nutrient in any balanced diet, it can also cause stomach cancer and hypertension. People suffering from kidney problems or edema should restrict their intake to protect against those health risks. In short, it is a vital component in the human diet for the regulation of cellular activity and nervous system function.  Supplemental doses of this nutrient are necessary when you sweat profusely, have sunstroke, or suffer from adrenal insufficiency. It is regularly excreted in the urine, and poses no inherent toxicity or risk.

Deficiency Symptoms Of Sodium
The recommended intake of sodium is 2400mg/day. If you do not supply your body with enough sodium, the deficiency symptoms can range from irritating to fatal.

Important Sources Of Sodium
Some of the best sources of sodium are apples, common salt, homemade soups, cabbage, egg yolks, pulses, and bananas.

Health Benefits Of Sodium
Sodium is generally present in very small quantities in nearly every natural food. When it is added in form of common salt, it not only increases the flavor, but also completes the necessary requirement of balanced diet. The health benefits include:

1) Water Balance
2) Sunstroke
3) Brain Function
4) Muscle Cramps
5) Anti-aging
6) Eliminates Excess Carbon Dioxide
7) Regulates Glucose Absorption
8) Maintains Acid/Base Balance
9) Regulation of Fluids
10) Balance of Ions
11) Maintains Heart Health
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Definition
Sodium is an element that the body needs to work properly.

Salt contains sodium.

Alternative Names
Diet - sodium (salt)

Function

The body uses sodium to control blood pressure and blood volume. Your body also needs sodium for your muscles and nerves to work properly.

Food Sources

Sodium occurs naturally in most foods. The most common form of sodium is sodium chloride, which is table salt. Milk, beets, and celery also naturally contain sodium. Drinking water, also contains sodium, but the amount depends on the source.

Sodium is also added to many food products. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate. These are in items such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, and bouillon cubes.

Processed meats like bacon, sausage, and ham, and canned soups and vegetables also contain added sodium. Fast foods are generally very high in sodium.

Side Effects, Too much sodium in the diet may lead to:

High blood pressure in some people
A serious buildup of fluid in people with congestive heart failure , cirrhosis of the liver or kidney disease.

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If your not familiar with him I strongly suggest that you become acquainted with him and his books for a worldly understanding of salt and the many benefits and flavor it can add to your dishes.

Below is a brief intro of the Bitterman Salt Co.

Bitterman's Gourmet Salts
We search the world over for hand-harvested, sustainable, beautiful and flat out delicious salts. We have retail, wholesale and bulk salt options for restaurants, retailers and foodservice.

Bitterman's Exclusive Salt Blocks
Unsurpassed in their beauty, structural integrity, and purity, all of the Himalayan salt blocks chosen by Bitterman's are of the highest quality and graded for use in your kitchen.
Unsurpassed in their beauty, structural integrity, and purity, all of the Himalayan salt blocks chosen by Bitterman Salt Co. are of the highest quality and graded for use in your kitchen.
 
Despite their irrefutable visual and tactile allure, it took Mark Bitterman more than a year of experimenting with and troubleshooting salt block cooking ideas before becoming fully appreciative of their extraordinary powers as a tool for the kitchen and table.

After devising techniques for cooking, curing, chilling, grilling, warming, serving and even drinking with Himalayan salt, Mark begin working exclusively with artisans in Pakistan to bring these rosy-hued slabs of salt to his customers.

Today, Mark Bitterman leads the creative charge in salt blocks and works directly with mines to specifically select the highest quality salt blocks for his customers to enjoy at home, in culinary schools and in restaurants around the country.

Award Winning Books
James Beard Award winning and best-selling author, Mark Bitterman, has single-handedly changed the way people understand salt and bitters across the globe.

Mark Bitterman, James Beard Award winning author, shares his unique and renowned book collection. 
Mark's first book, Salted, was a smash hit and won a James Beard award for his thorough exploration of everything salt. The second book, Salt Block Cooking, again pioneered new concepts in cooking, leading the charge into the culinary adventure of cooking on salt blocks. Next, Mark tackles the drink and cocktail world with Bitterman's Field Guide to Bitters & Amari. Bitterman's Craft Salt explores artisan salt makers all over the world to showcase the process of these beautiful salts and creates recipes to bring these salts to the masses. His latest book, Salt Block Grilling, is the second installment of Salt Block Recipes and elevates the use of Salt Blocks for summer fun, grill outs and more!

Mark has shared salt and bitters at the Smithsonian, the James Beard House, the French Culinary Institute, the Institute of Culinary Education, Le Cordon Bleu, and with chefs and home cooks around the world. 

Salt is the most powerful ingredient in the kitchen, so it's no wonder that we've discovered the power of salt is in numbers.

Suggested Recipes From "Mark Bitterman"



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Chicken Piccata with Lemon & Pesto Flake Salts

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Goat Cheese with Cacao Nibs & Black Diamond Flake Salt

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Blackberry Lime Pie with Pinot Noir Sea Salt

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie with Bitterman's Fleur de Sel Sea Salt












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