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Quick Hits of Knowledge! The Importance of Mineral Consumption: Sodium and Magnesium

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Training Aspects, Sports Performance, Personal Training, Personal Trainer, Fitness Trainer, Vitamins and Minerals, Diet, Healthy Eating

Minerals, unlike protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins, cannot be produced by the body. That’s why it’s essential to consume them through your diet. Today we will be looking at the benefits of sodium and magnesium.

Sodium

Sodium promotes metabolism, nerve control, and regulates physiological function. Sodium deficiencies can cause muscle mass loss, drops in adrenal gland function, heart disease, liver disease, and asthma. Healthy sodium rich choices include seaweed, eggs, beets, and oysters.

Magnesium

Magnesium retains and activates vitamins A, B, C, D, E, enzyme catalyst, and stabilizes nerves. It’s a required nutrient for bones, liver, and muscles. Magnesium suppresses cholesterol levels, prevents diabetes, regulates pH balance, and prevents kidney damage. Magnesium deficiencies can cause irregular bone growth and formation, angina pectoris, kidney failure, and thrombosis. Magnesium rich foods include spinach, squash and pumpkin seeds, fish, beans and lentils.

Written By: Robert Jost NSCA-cpt, ACE-cpt

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