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Could you please tell me how important it is to our system and how can we tell if we have a cell salt deficiency? Can we actually tell by a facial diagnosis?
Sodium is extremely important to the operation of the human body and having a low serum sodium is a very dangerous condition. This is known as hyponatremia (hypo = low, natr = salt, emia = blood). It is difficult to have a low blood sodium level, as most diets are very high in salt and sodium comes from multiple ingredients. Most often hyponatremia is the result of drinking too much water - not from having too little salt in the diet.
Severe hyponatremia results in difficulties with nerve function as one of the most severe symptoms, and facial twitching could be a symptom. More severe manifestations include stupor, loss of consciousness, and seizure, and in extreme cases hyponatremia can result in death.
Thanks for writing.
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP