Shake it on

Women's Health (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

In­deed, con­sume too lit­tle and, it seems, you’re ask­ing for your body to break down. “The av­er­age adult body con­tains 250g of sodium, which is most con­cen­trated in bod­ily fluids, such as blood, sweat and urine,” ex­plains DiNi­colan­to­nio. “The sodium stored in your cells helps reg­u­late their size by draw­ing in wa­ter by os­mo­sis and con­trol­ling elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity within the ner­vous sys­tem – we’re talk­ing about es­sen­tial func­tions.” Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise and the sub­se­quent down­ing of wa­ter to re­hy­drate can lead to a lack of sodium too. DiNi­colan­to­nio ex­plains that the av­er­age per­son loses al­most four grams of salt through sweat dur­ing a vig­or­ous one-hour work­out, plus up­ping your wa­ter in­take


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