Majority of the sodium in our body is found outside the cells. The body's water retention depends on the concentration of sodium present in the fluids surrounding the cells. So if the concentration of sodium increases, the movement of fluids in and out of the cells is also disrupted, leading to cell dehydration and shrinkage.
Many Americans are prone to hypernatremia because of their interests in processed foods and prepackaged meals which are usually overloaded with salt and other sodium-containing additives. Symptoms of excess of sodium range from mild to fatal depending on the degree of imbalance. In general, individuals with hypernatremia experience the following:
- Increased thirst
- Stomach cramps
In a world where everything is processed and pre-made, monitoring our sodium intake can be challenging. So it is important to check the product label when purchasing ready-to-eat meals and prepackaged food products in the supermarket.
But do not overdo it. Getting too little sodium can wreak havoc on your body. Eat sodium-rich foods and take supplements, if needed. Bentonite clay is rich in sodium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that, when ingested, can act as a supplement that replaces the missing nutrients needed by the body. Also, it is also known as an effective detoxification tool that remove toxins from the body.