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Does Sodium Give You Energy?

author image Alyssa Clement
Alyssa Clement holds Bachelor's degrees in psychology and nutrition. She has completed clinical nutrition internships in long-term care and acute care along with food service and community nutrition internships. Her research includes nutrition supplements, weight loss, exercise and sports nutrition.
Does Sodium Give You Energy?
The tolerable upper intake of sodium per day is 2,300 milligrams. Photo Credit: Zerbor/iStock/Getty Images

Sodium is essential for humans. It is not made in your body, and must be consumed. Sodium helps maintain the electrolyte balance in your body with potassium. Sodium also maintains your blood volume, blood pressure and allows absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. The adequate intake for most people is 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

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Sodium and Energy

Sodium is a micronutrient, more specifically a mineral and is not designed to provide energy to your body. Macronutrients such as protein, fat and carbohydrates, provide energy for your body, which is why you need them in greater amounts. Minerals are still important for your body for metabolism and growth and are needed in smaller quantities.

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