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Benefits of Sodium And Its Side Effects

Sodium is one of the most important electrolytes needed for the regulation of blood. The absence of this important electrolyte can result in the impairment of different bodily functions. It is one of the most versatile elements occurring in more than eighty varieties. It regulates the body fluids and also transmits electric impulses within the human body. Dissimilar to the other minerals and vitamins, sodium is not affected by heat and can therefore be used in several preparations without the least damage to its effects. It is also one of the most significant constituents of nerves while it also helps in regulating muscle contractions. Briefly speaking, it is one of the most essentials elements required in human diet basically for cellular activity regulation and the proper functioning of the nervous system. it is necessary to have supplemental doses of sodium if you tend to suffer from adrenal insufficiency, have sunstroke or sweat profusely.

Benefits of Sodium And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Sodium
Nutritional Value of Sodium
Health Benefits of Sodium
Regulates fluid
Balances ions
Prevents loss of water
Prevents cramps
Removes excess CO2
Develops the brain
Sufficient sodium
Improves teeth
Improves the skin
Prevents dryness
Neutralize toxins
Relieve heartburn
Uses of Sodium
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sodium
Origin And Cultivation of Sodium

Sodium

Sodium is one of the most important electrolytes and one of the most essential ions present in ECF or extracellular fluid. It has a pivotal role to play in muscle contraction and enzyme operations. It is necessary for fluid maintenance and osmoregulation within the body. Improved performance of the heart, improved glucose absorption and improved nervous system are the other important benefits of sodium. It can be described as a mineral that is present in small quantities in natural foods but in large quantities in processed foods for enhancing their flavor. It is basically a predominant ion that functions with bicarbonate and chloride for maintaining a balance of negative and positive ions in the tissues and fluids of the body. Table salt is the primary source of sodium.

Nutritional Value of Sodium

Table salt contains 40% sodium and therefore it is one of the most common dietary sources of sodium. One tablespoon of table salt consists of 2300 milligrams of sodium, the suggested maximum intake of sodium per day for a healthy adult. However, it is important for people with high blood pressure to limit their intake of sodium to 1500 milligrams every day. Healthy kids require 1000 to 1500 milligrams of sodium. Apart from table salt or common salt, the other important sources of sodium include canned soups, vegetables and processed meat like ham, sausage and bacon. The added varieties of sodium are monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrate, sodium saccharin, sodium benzoate and sodium bicarbonate. These are generally found in onion salt, soy sauce and garlic salt.

Health Benefits of Sodium

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Sodium
Health Benefits of Sodium

Regulates fluid

Including sodium in one’s diet helps in regulating fluids outside the body cells. Sodium is needed for pumping fluids into the body cells. Sodium helps in facilitating fluid movement by way of the permeable membranes to areas that are high in their salt content. Thus, it can rightly be said that sodium in combination with chlorine helps in the prevention of loss of water from the human body.

Balances ions

Sodium along with bicarbonate helps in maintaining the right balance between negatively charged ions and positively charged ions. Therefore, sodium has an important role to play in maintaining the charge differential throughout the cell membranes. Thus, it enables the cells of the nerve to send messages while allowing the muscle cells to properly contract.

Prevents loss of water

Sunstroke is a problem that is caused due to the loss of water and salt from the human body. Because of this the human body is not able to maintain normal temperature due to constant exposure to high temperatures. Sunstroke can be prevented by having fluids that contain sugar and salt as they works by replacing the loss of important electrolytes

Prevents cramps

Muscle cramps are a result of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. These are common during the summer season when temperatures seem to reach extreme heights. Sodium makes way for hydration and muscle contraction. Fluids and juices that are rich in their sodium content help in restoring electrolyte balance within the human body.

Removes excess CO2

Sodium is also of good help in removing excessive carbon dioxide that gets accumulated within the human body by way of excretion. This is probably one of the biggest advantages for the human body that comes from having sodium-rich fluids and drinks

Develops the brain

Sodium is one of the most important elements required for the proper development of the human brain and for the improvement of the functioning of the brain. Change in levels of sodium within the body have a direct effect on the brain resulting in confusion, dizziness and lethargy.

Sufficient sodium

Despite the fact that sodium is generally associated with high blood pressure yet it is worth noting that sodium in proper amount works great in maintaining the health of the human heart. Having sufficient sodium is necessary for keeping the heart health intact. Sodium possesses the ability of regulating nerve impulses that have a good influence on the heart. Sodium can also help in keeping nerve contractions normal further resulting in proper blood pressure.

Improves teeth

It is important to brush the teeth several times during the day for maintaining its proper condition. Teeth is likely to accumulate plaque and develop odour if it is not brushed in the proper manner. Sodium works great at cleansing the teeth and the mouth. The salt content of sodium helps in cleaning the mouth and the teeth. Sea salt or common salt can effectively be used as normal toothpaste for cleaning the teeth.

Improves the skin

Free radicals make the skin appear dull. There are many women who make use of anti-aging creams for fighting the signs of aging. Sodium is one of the most important ingredients found in anti-aging creams. This is because sodium helps in moisturizing the skin and in preventing the early signs of aging.

Prevents dryness

Sodium is widely used in soaps and shampoos as well. This is due to the fact that sodium possesses the ability of inhibiting the growth of pathogens because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is also used in different baby care products as it reduces the function of the oily barrier of the skin resulting in dryness.

Neutralize toxins

Insect bites can result in itchiness and such conditions can easily be eliminated by making use of sodium. Sodium works by neutralizing skin toxins that helps in relieving itchiness.

Relieve heartburn

Sodium is also of good help in neutralizing stomach acid. It is also used in several over-the-counter products for helping relieve heartburn and indigestion

Uses of Sodium

Apart from being highly beneficial for the human body, sodium is also useful for other purposes. The most common use of sodium is in table salt form which is also called sodium chloride. Table salt is one of the most important seasoning ingredients in different dishes. Table salt also helps in faster healing. Cured meats and various other foods are effectively preserved using good amounts of table salt rich in its content of sodium. Baking soda which is also rich in its content of sodium is another useful ingredient found in kitchens. It is used as a leavening ingredient for pastries and cakes. There are other useful purposes served by sodium. When mixed with vinegar, it works in the form of an effective and fast-acting cleaning solution for almost anything.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Sodium

Excessive intake of sodium can result in high blood pressure and increased blood volume. Therefore, experts are of the view that people should always aim towards having a diet that is not very rich in its content of sodium. Consuming sodium in high amounts of sodium might cause dangerous fluid build-up in individuals with congestive heart failure, kidney disease and liver cirrhosis. It is always important for such individuals to have sodium in consultation with their doctor. Excessive sodium intake can result in memory loss as well. Despite the fact that sodium is an important nutrient in a balanced diet, it can result in hypertension and stomach cancer.

Origin And Cultivation of Sodium

Excessive intake of sodium can result in high blood pressure and increased blood volume. Therefore, experts are of the view that people should always aim towards having a diet that is not very rich in its content of sodium. Consuming sodium in high amounts of sodium might cause dangerous fluid build-up in individuals with congestive heart failure, kidney disease and liver cirrhosis. It is always important for such individuals to have sodium in consultation with their doctor. Excessive sodium intake can result in memory loss as well. Despite the fact that sodium is an important nutrient in a balanced diet, it can result in hypertension and stomach cancer.

Popular Questions & Answers

While masturbating there is no ejaculation but sometimes nightfall occur and my age is 21.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- You are suffering from retrograde ejaculation. It can be caused by over masturbation, medications, health conditions or surgeries that affect the nerves or muscle that control the bladder opening. For retrograde ejaculation, treatment with ayurvedic medications may restore normal ejaculation and fertility. Several herbs such as Perennail, Shatawari, Shankhpushpi, Gokharu, Vidarikand, Musli etc are used to clean and rejuvenate the sperm carrying channels and increase the sperm production. However, treatment and herbal formulation needs to be shaped after evaluating the constitution of the patient and making general recommendation is difficult, you may derive best benefit by visiting an ayurvedic doctor.

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MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, MBA (Healthcare)
Psychiatrist, Davanagere
Good morning, If a patient is not taking medication it might be worth taking the patient to the doctor to find out why. If the fears are addressed they usually start to take medications and it will usually be the case that they start to take the medications once they find out that they have been assured of the benefits and the risks have been talked about. If they would like anonymity, Lybrate can help them address their queries or concerns regarding medications online. Look forward to hearing from you. If you need help with booking an appointment online with me on this website either text, audio or video appointment for a confidential and private consultation you may do so by contacting the help desk of Lybrate.

Amit is married last 2017 feb but he is telling he could not have sex and still his wife is. Virgin so suggest him how to go ahead as his erection does not last for more time n he prejaculates.

CCT (UK) General Psychiatry, MD-Psychiatry, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Psychiatrist, Delhi
Premature ejaculation Premature ejaculation is the most common ejaculation problem. It's where the male ejaculates too quickly during sexual intercourse. A study looking at 500 couples from five different countries found the average time taken to ejaculate during intercourse was around five-and-a-half minutes. However, it's up to each couple to decide if they’re happy with the time taken – there’s no definition of how long sex should last. Occasional episodes of premature ejaculation are common and aren't a cause for concern. However, if you're finding that around half of your attempts at sex result in premature ejaculation, it might help to get treatment. Causes of premature ejaculation Various psychological and physical factors can cause a man to suddenly experience premature ejaculation. Common physical causes include: prostate problems thyroid problems – an overactive or underactive thyroid gland using recreational drugs Common psychological causes include: depression stress relationship problems anxiety about sexual performance (particularly at the start of a new relationship, or when a man has had previous problems with sexual performance) It's possible, but less common, for a man to have always experienced premature ejaculation since becoming sexually active. A number of possible causes for this are: Conditioning – it's possible that early sexual experiences can influence future sexual behaviour. For example, if a teenager conditions himself to ejaculate quickly to avoid being caught masturbating, it may later be difficult to break the habit. A traumatic sexual experience from childhood – this can range from being caught masturbating to sexual abuse. A strict upbringing and beliefs about sex. Biological reasons – some men may find their penis is extra sensitive. Treating premature ejaculation There are a number of things you can try yourself before seeking medical help. Measures you can try yourself It can sometimes help to: masturbate an hour or two before having sex use a thick condom to help decrease sensation take a deep breath to briefly shut down the ejaculatory reflex (an automatic reflex of the body during which ejaculation occurs) have sex with your partner on top (to allow them to pull away when you are close to ejaculating) take breaks during sex and think about something boring Couples therapy If you're in a long-term relationship, you may benefit from having couples therapy. During these sessions, the therapist will: encourage couples to explore any relationship issues they have, and give them advice about resolving them show the couple techniques that can help you "unlearn" the habit of premature ejaculation (the two most popular techniques are the "squeeze" and "stop-go" techniques) In the squeeze technique, your partner masturbates you, but stops before the point of ejaculation and squeezes the head of your penis for between 10 to 20 seconds. They then let go and wait for another 30 seconds before resuming masturbation. This process is carried out several times before ejaculation is allowed to occur. The stop-go technique is similar, but your partner doesn’t squeeze your penis. Once you feel more confident about delaying ejaculation, you and your partner can begin to have sex, stopping and starting as required. These techniques may sound simple, but they require lots of practice. Antidepressants (SSRIs) Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are designed to treat depression, but they also delay ejaculation. SSRIs used for this purpose include: paroxetine sertraline fluoxetine Some men may experience an improvement as soon as treatment begins. However, you'll usually need to take the medication for one to two weeks before you notice the full effects. Side effects of SSRIs are usually mild and should improve after two to three weeks. They include: fatigue feeling sick and being sick diarrhoea excessive sweating Read more about the side effects of SSRIs. Topical anaesthetics and condoms The use of topical anaesthetics such as lidocaine or prilocaine can help but may be transferred and absorbed to the vagina, causing decreased sensation. Condoms can also be used and are effective, particularly when combined with local anaesthesia.
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Husband suck my breast feeding milk is that for good for him health. Can you tell me the benefits of suck my breast milk please.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
There is no benefit of taking breastmilk by your husband, whatsoever. Infant it can lead to nipple infections which might get transferred to your baby.
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Gynaecologist, Delhi
Albendazole and ivermectin are us FDA class C drugs ,can be taken if benefit of taking the medicine outweighs taking its risk.

Popular Health Tips

Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FRCS - General Surgery , Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery
General Surgeon, Delhi
Laparoscopic Surgery For Gastrointestinal Problems - The Benefits!

Laparoscopy is an advanced surgical technique that is often used to find out and treat any abnormalities or a myriad of medical complications such as an infection, ectopic pregnancy (a condition where the embryo attaches itself to an organ other than the uterus), cyst, fibroids, endometriosis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. Laparoscopy comes in handy in the case of an accident or an injury where it helps in the detection of any damages to the internal organs. There are instances where laparoscopy is even used in a biopsy (to collect the tissue sample).

The technique involves a small incision, often in the belly, through which a lighted tube, called a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen to analyze or treat the problem. The technique is quite hassle-free, causing minimum discomfort to the patient. In fact, there are so many associated benefits that more and more people are choosing laparoscopy over other surgical techniques and open surgery.  In this regard, some of the advantages of laparoscopy that deserves a special mention are as follows:

  1. Involves a smaller incision: Most of the surgical procedures, including open surgery, can be quite messy. The laparoscopic technique is simple, minimally invasive, and involves an incision which is 1.2 inch or less.
  2. Quick recovery with lesser chances of an infection: In surgeries involving a large cut, there is a high probability of infection at the incision site, leading to complications and delaying the recovery and healing process. In laparoscopy, with a small incision, chances of an infection or associated complications are almost negligible. An infection-free surgery will heal at a faster rate, ensuring a quick recovery.
  3. The USP of Laparoscopy lies in the fact that the procedure is less painful (since the procedure involves a small cut with reduced loss of blood) as compared to many of the other surgical techniques. In some of the surgeries (including an open surgery), there may be profuse bleeding with the patient even requiring a blood transfusion. Such complications are unheard of in the case of a Laparoscopic surgery. In fact, patients undergoing a laparoscopy are often required to spend a lesser time in the hospital.
  4. Negligible chances of a wrong diagnosis: PCOS or endometriosis can be a contributing factor, triggering infertility in women. In females with fertility issues, an accurate diagnosis can go a long way to treat the condition better. The symptoms and complications associated with PCO or endometriosis can be alleviated if diagnosed early and accurately. Laparoscopy, in the majority of the cases, ensures an accurate diagnosis, making the treatment effective.

Most of the surgical treatments such as an open surgery can leave a huge hole in your pocket. Laparoscopy, though effective, is not very expensive, making it a highly affordable surgical treatment.

Laparoscopic Surgery for Gastrointestinal Problems

The Laparoscopy surgery is often advised to treat a myriad of gastrointestinal problems such as Diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, Familial polyposis, Colorectal Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis. The Laparoscopy surgery may also be helpful in the case of severe constipation, bowel incontinence (a condition where a person fails to control the bowel movements) or a rectal prolapse.

As with most laparoscopic surgeries, the procedure involves the surgeon to make few (usually 3 and more) incisions in the abdomen. With the stomach inflated with carbon dioxide gas (to view the diseased organs better), a laparoscope and the surgical instruments are then placed into the stomach via the incisions to perform the surgery. The different laparoscopic surgeries of the intestine to treat the gastrointestinal disorders include:

  1. Abdominoperineal Resection: In people with cancer affecting the anus or the lower part of the rectum, a surgeon may perform the Abdominoperineal Resection to get rid of the rectum, anus as well as the sigmoid colon. With the removal of the rectum and the anus, the surgeon creates a colostomy (an arrangement to connect the healthy end of the colon to the anterior wall of the abdomen through an incision) to eliminate the waste and the fecal matter out of the body. 
  2. Proctosigmoidectomy: In people suffering from Diverticulitis (an inflammation or infection of the diverticula) and polyps (both cancerous as well nonmalignant growths), a Proctosigmoidectomy may be carried out to excise (complete or partial removal depending on the severity of the case) the affected part of the sigmoid colon or the rectum.
  3. Total abdominal colectomy: This laparoscopic surgery is used to treat conditions of Crohn's disease  (an inflammatory bowel disease that causes abdominal pain and a host of associated symptoms), Ulcerative colitis (severe inflammation of the colon), or Familial polyposis (a condition that triggers the formation of many colon polyps). Total abdominal colectomy involves the surgical removal of the large intestine (usually from lower part of the ileum to the rectum which is then followed by the stitching the end of the ileum and the rectum together).
  4. Right colectomy: As the name suggests, Right Colectomy, also termed as Ileocolectomy involves the surgical removal of the right side of the colon or the large intestine. The excision also includes the end part of the small intestine (attached to the right side of the colon). The Right Colectomy is used to treat cancer, the symptoms associated with Crohn's disease as well as the polyps.
  5. Rectopexy: In the case of a rectal prolapse, where the rectum protrudes out of its original place, a rectopexy goes a long way to stitch the rectum to its original position.
  6. Total proctocolectomy: This is a laparoscopic surgery to remove the large intestine, the rectum and the anus (the anus may or not be removed depending on the severity). People with inflammatory problems of the colon such as Crohn's disease or  Ulcerative colitis benefit immensely from total proctocolectomy. The surgery may be followed by a temporary ileostomy (in the case the anus is removed or damaged, a permanent ileostomy may be needed) to eliminate the wastes out of the body.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Apple Cider Vinegar

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Gurgaon

HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

  1. Decrease cholesterol levels-  Apple cider vinegar increase HDL cholesterol and reduce LDL cholesterol and Triglycerides levels in our body.
  2. Lowers Blood Pressure-  Apple cider vinegar helps in decreasing blood pressure by inhibiting the enzyme responsible for constricting blood vessels.
  3. Improves Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Symptoms- Apple Cider Vinegar helps in improving symptoms of PCOS. In a small study of women with PCOS who took vinegar for 90-110 days, 4 out of 7 women resumed ovulation, likely due to improved insulin sensitivity.
  4. Improves Metabolism- Apple Cider Vinegar increases enzyme AMPK in our body which increases fat burning and also decreases production of fat and sugar in the liver.
  5. Decreases Insulin Levels-  Apple cider vinegar reduces the ration of insulin to glucagon in our body, which favours fat burning.
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Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip

MONDAY MOTIVATION:

WholeGrains are those in which the nutrients remain intact. Whole grains are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Whole grains are either single foods, such as brown rice and popcorn, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat in bread.

RefinedGrains are milled, a process that strips out both the bran and germ to give them a finer texture and longer shelf life. The refining process also removes many nutrients, including fiber. Refined grains include white flour, white rice, white bread and degermed cornflower. Many breads, cereals, crackers, desserts and pastries are made with refined grains, too.

 

BENEFITS OF HAVING WHOLE GRAINS:

 

  • They are high in fibre, so help in digestion.
  • They help to lower the cholestrol
  • They lower blood pressure
  • They help to control to weight
  • They will provide more satiety
  • Help to regulate blood sugar
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals

 

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How Brandy Helps In Cold And Flu?

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Bangalore
How Brandy Helps In Cold And Flu?

How brandy helps in cold and flu?

Brandy is prepared from further distillation of wine to make alcohol content stronger.
It’s usually consumed as after dinner drink.

It helps is cold and flu because of its strong anti inflammatory properties which reduces pain in sore throat and also helps in clearing mucus.
It’s strong alcohol content is antibacterial.

Other benefits of brandy are 

1) It contains antioxidants 
2) It is anti cancer (specially ovarian and bladder cancer) because of its ellagic acid content.
3) It’s anti-aging as brandy is distilled in copper barrels and due its antioxidant content.
4) Helps in reducing cholesterol and aids in cardiovascular health.

Caution: consume 30 to 60 ml post di.

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Home Remedy For Heart Attack

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Home Remedy For Heart Attack

Today we have come up with the Home Remedy to treat Heart Attack.

Terminalia Arjuna ia a herb which is antioxidant, reduces cholestrol and reduces BP and useful in diabetes all at the same time.

Benefits:

  • Arjuna herb works as a heart tonic that helps maintain heart health.
  • Arjuna helps to maintain normal blood pressure.
  • Arjuna promotes proper blood flow and normal homocysteine levels.
  • Heart muscles are strengthened by arjuna.
  • Arjuna supports the blood's absorption of lipids indicating it has cholesterol-regulating properties.
  • Arjuna herb helps to reduces the effects of stress and nervousness on the heart.
  • Arjuna supports the heart's energy output, and enhances overall energy levels, stamina, immunity, and cellular health.
  • Arjuna Powder reduces hypertension and bad cholesterol (LDL). It is rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium, copper and improves the function of the heart.

How to Use Arjuna:

1.A tablespoon of bark powder is added to 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to half a cup, fltered and consumed when hot.

2. It can be consumed in the form of milk remedy: It's bark powder made into water decoction and consumed ina dose of 50 ml once or twice a day before food.

 

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Table of Content

Sodium
Nutritional Value of Sodium
Health Benefits of Sodium
Regulates fluid
Balances ions
Prevents loss of water
Prevents cramps
Removes excess CO2
Develops the brain
Sufficient sodium
Improves teeth
Improves the skin
Prevents dryness
Neutralize toxins
Relieve heartburn
Uses of Sodium
Side-Effects & Allergies of Sodium
Origin And Cultivation of Sodium