Why Sodium Is Good For You

Sodium gets such a bad rap, taking a sodium supplement may not have even crossed your mind. We’re here to change all that.

By the end of reading this, sodium won’t just have crossed your mind, it’ll be right in the middle of it. Which, trust us, is a good thing, as this much-misunderstood mineral plays a key part for good health.

Sodium is a vital electrolyte that works together with other minerals and electrolytes in the body to regulate fluid balance, blood pressure and nervous system function.

But, Isn’t Sodium Bad…?

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first.

Sodium has a bad reputation thanks to salt (sodium + chloride). Yes, high salt intake from processed foods can be bad. And in fact, most people’s sodium levels are too high, due to eating mostly processed rather than fresh foods.

But this has led to a lot of people reducing their sodium intake, or even leaving it out of their diet altogether, depriving themselves of its benefits.

And while too much sodium can be bad, not enough sodium certainly is too. People who pursue a diet that is aggressively low in sodium can end up with health problems such as irregular blood pressure, muscle cramps and fatigue.

Sodium In Nature

Pure sodium is a science teacher’s dream. Combine pure sodium with water, and you get a spectacular explosive display, as heat and hydrogen gas are released and catch fire. It’s a sure way to get students’ attention and convince them that science really is cool!

Unsurprisingly, sodium is rarely found in its pure state due to its reactivity. It’s usually combined with other elements, such as chlorine to make sodium chloride (table salt).

Of course, we’re most interested in the forms of sodium you can include in your diet. You can get the benefits of sodium naturally from foods such as kelp and seaweeds, olives and pickles. Trace elements can also be found in most vegetables.

If you take Athletic Greens every day, you’ll be getting sodium that occurs naturally in the fruits, vegetables and plants contained in the mix.

If you’re not getting enough from your daily diet, or you’re not taking a greens supplement like Athletic Greens, it may be worth taking a sodium supplement, to ensure you’re not missing out on the full suite of benefits it offers.

Sodium In The Body

To talk about those benefits, we need to talk about how sodium functions in the body.

After reading about how reactive sodium is in its pure form, you can probably guess that this mineral is a sparky character. In the body, it’s a vital electrolyte, a charged particle that allows your cells to send and receive signals – aiding muscle contraction and nerve transmission.

It also works with potassium and chloride for a pretty magical show. The difference in concentration between potassium (inside the cell) and sodium and chloride (outside the cell) creates an electrochemical gradient across the cell membrane, known as the membrane potential.

Another important function sodium performs is to help maintain proper blood volume and pressure.

You’re probably aware that high blood pressure (hypertension) is harmful for the cardiovascular system, while low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness, poor circulation and even coma.

Needless to say it’s a delicate balance, and one which is carefully regulated thanks in no small part to sodium! Sodium works with the kidneys – and via other complex hormonal mechanisms – to maintain a steady pressure and blood volume.

A third key benefit of sodium is for healthy digestion. Sodium and chloride combine to make hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), the substance secreted by cells in the stomach lining to break down and digest food. The absorption of sodium in the intestine also facilitates the update of other vital factors, like amino acids, glucose and water.

This is already a pretty impressive resume, but there’s more. Sodium helps transport carbon dioxide and amino acids, promotes bone health, helps to maintain the pH balance of cells and tissues, acts as an antimicrobial agent, and helps to break down mucus.

How To Get The Full Benefits Of Sodium

This is when we’ll let you in on a few sneaky tips. Try sodium at the start of the day, the end of a big night out, and when you’re exercising a lot. Here’s how and why:

Kick-start your day with a pinch of high quality salt in your first glass of water each morning, to help assist the adrenal glands, and to help maintain healthy hydration if you consume a lot of water.

Had a few too many drinks? Top up your electrolytes by drinking a glass or two of water with a few pinches of high quality salt before you go to bed, and your body and head will thank you the next day!

If you’re very active and suffer from muscle cramps, try a little extra sodium to replace the electrolytes you’ve lost from sweating.

While there’s no established therapeutic dosage for sodium, daily recommendations fall between 1600 - 2300 mg per day. That’s around a teaspoon of salt, (which remember, is sodium and chloride combined.)

Finally: call us biased, but we recommend getting the full range of sodium benefits by enjoying it naturally in your Athletic Greens mix. A small amount of sodium in the diet doesn’t need to be avoided, and in fact is a good thing!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Sodium deficiency is hyponatremia - a dangerous imbalance of electrolytes that is caused by drinking too much water or taking diuretics. This can lead to confusion, decreased blood pressure, heart problems, vomiting and coma.


Elevated sodium (or hypernatremia) usually occurs due to dehydration and can lead to high blood pressure, fluid retention, kidney problems and brain damage. It’s most common for marathon runners and endurance athletes, if their sodium intake isn’t carefully monitored. Some medications may alter sodium levels too.

The recommended dose to get the full range of sodium benefits falls between 1600 - 2300 mg per day. This is equivalent to around a teaspoon of salt (sodium and chloride combined).


Avoid processed foods that are high in salt (sodium and chloride) and stick to healthy, fresh foods. Remember, a little sodium in your diet from natural sources is a good thing. If you take Athletic Greens every day, you’ll be getting the right amount from natural sources.


Yes, there are! Sodium is naturally part of Athletic Greens because it occurs in the fruits, vegetables and plants in the mix.

Sodium works well with the other electrolytes in our greens such as potassium and magnesium, helping to maintain healthy levels of hydration and a well-functioning nervous system. It also works well with CoQ10 and Hawthorn for maintaining healthy blood pressure.


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