The benefits and harms of sodium and its effect on obesity


Sodium is necessary for the body, but in small amounts. The human body needs some sodium in order to function properly, as it:


• Helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

• Helps the nervous system in the process of sending nerve impulses.

• Affects the contraction or contraction and expansion of muscles.


It is known that the kidneys regulate the amounts of sodium in the body, so when it decreases, it stores it and when its levels rise, it gets rid of the excess through the urine.


A medical study warned that adolescents who overeat meals that contain high amounts of sodium tend to be more obese and gain more weight compared to their peers who eat less salt.

The researchers also found that no matter how much teens eat, they also overindulge in sugar-sweetened beverages.

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