Sodium in Drinking Water: It’s Effect to Our Body?
By Emaratiya On 24 Jan, 2017 At 10:00 AM | Categorized As Medical Advice, Miscellaneous, Who are you, woman | No Comments
Woman Drinking Water 2

Woman Drinking Water 2

Sodium is commonly found in foods and drinking water that we consume and is an element in the natural environment. Sodium are in our drinking water because of water treatment chemicals or ion-exchange softening units. To be clear, sodium is not considered a toxic element and is necessary to maintain blood pressure, control fluid levels and for normal nerve and muscle function.

There is no specific guideline on how much sodium a drinking water may contain. In the drinking water that we daily consume, it only consists of a small amount of sodium in it. In fact, the more sodium in the water will make the water salty, which is above 200 mg/L.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Bottled Water 2

Bottled Water 2

In cases that you are drinking tap water from your faucet and wanted to know the sodium content of the water, you can contact your local water utility on that. But for bottled drinking water consumers, mineral facts are stated in the bottle itself. The main reason why these has been done for bottled water is that there are people who needs to monitor their sodium intake based on their health conditions.

Label

Label

Most people consume more sodium than they need to maintain good health. Healthy adults should have no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day; approximately 1 teaspoon of salt. The amount the body needs is actually much less. To promote good health in adults, 1500 mg is considered adequate. People with health issues may need to aim for significantly lower sodium intakes and should follow the advice of their physicians. Although less than 5 to 10% of your daily intake of sodium typically comes from water, you should consult your family physician if you are on a sodium-restricted diet and have concerns about the level of sodium in your drinking water.

For people who are in sodium-restricted diets, it is important to be aware of the sodium content of your water (in case you are consuming tap water) to have proper evaluation of your physician and get good results of your diet.

For a fact, boiling water does not remove sodium and will only increase concentrations.

It is always important to know the content of everything we consume as these have implications to our health. Be aware and healthy all the time.

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