By: Lucy Potts and Rishika Katamneni
Sodium's Role in the Body
Sodium's helps control blood pressure and regulates the function of muscles and nerves. The sodium attracts and holds the water, so it helps maintain the liquid portion of the blood.
Too much sodium in your body can cause you to get high blood pressure. It also will take away too much water if you eat too much of it. Low levels of sodium, which is called hyponatremia, can cause cramps, headaches, irritability, nausea, and fatigue.
What Foods is Sodium Found in?
Sodium is in most foods. The common form of sodium is salt, and salt is put almost everything you eat. Milk, beats, celery, French fries, breads, soups, pizza, sandwiches, meat, and chips are all good examples of foods that contain sodium.