Sodium

Sodium is one of the body’s electrolytes, it helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

Some functions of sodium are: maintain acid-alkaline balance in the body, contracts muscles, sustains blood pressure, helps transport nerve impulses and transfer nutrients.

Foods rich in sodium include: fish, seaweed, eggs, coconut water, salt, and chard.  Foods with sodium added in are: cheese, hummus, and bread.

Sodium tends to be high in American diets because it’s found in processed foods.

Potassium

Potassium is one of the body’s electrolytes, it helps maintain fluid balance in the body.

Some functions of potassium are: maintain acid-alkaline balance in the body, contracts muscles, helps body utilize protein and nerves conduct impulses.

Foods rich in potassium include: green vegetables, squash, tomatoes, coconut water, carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, apricots, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, and artichokes.

Phosphorus

Phosphorus is a common mineral found in the body.  Most is located in bones and teeth.

Some functions of phosphorus are: energy production, synthesizes protein, contracts muscles, develop and maintain bones and teeth, and helps maintain the acid-alkaline balance in the body.

Foods rich in phosphorus include: fish, yogurt, milk, and cheese.

Phosphorus tends to be high in American diets because it’s found in soda and some processed foods.

Chloride

Chloride is one of the electrolytes that helps with fluid balance in the body.

Some of the functions of chloride are: fluid balance outside of cells, helps form HCL (hydrochloric acid), maintains blood pressure and acid-alkaline balance.

Foods rich in chloride include: seaweed, olives, lettuce, celery, tomatoes, and sea salt.

Protein

Proteins are an important part of nutrition.  It consists of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen.   Some good sources include lean poultry, meat, and fish, low fat dairy, and egg whites.

Some of the benefits include: helping cell growth and maintenance, regulating fluid balance, making enzymes, antibodies, and hormones.

Protein digestion starts in the stomach.  Hydrochloric acid or HCL in the stomach begins to break down proteins.  The partially broken down food then moves into the small intestines where digestive enzymes finish converting the food particles into amino acids which are absorbed and utilized by the body.

When you consume excessive amounts of protein you may begin to find crystal like particles under your skin in your hands and feet.  These are purines found in protein that can turn into uric acid if not properly digested and absorbed.  If the same amount of protein continues to be consumed, you run the risk of kidney stones.  Eating less protein in one sitting is helpful as well as increasing your intake of water.