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Monday, 9 September 2019

Do you drink enough water to balance your blood sodium?

[Natural News]: The amount of water consumed by a person affects the amount of sodium in his body. Drinking too much water leads to hyponatremia while skimping on hydration causes hypernatremia. Since both conditions are harmful, people must strive to get the right amount of water each day.

The sodium dissolved in the blood acts as an electrolyte, a mineral that transports electrical charges through a liquid medium. Usually found outside of cells, sodium helps water pass through the cellular membrane as it enters or exits cells.

If a person experiences changes in his fluid balance and blood sodium levels, he may develop either hyponatremia or hypernatremia. This is decided by the amount of water he drinks.

Experts define hyponatremia and hypernatremia as disorders of water metabolism. They affect the natural processes in the body that involve water.

Patients develop hyponatremia when they drink far more water than is needed. Their blood sodium levels go down since the amount of water in their bodies is much higher than the amount of sodium. In comparison, patients with hypernatremia need water. Understandably, their blood sodium concentrations skyrocket since there’s too little water in their bodies to balance more>>>...

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