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How much salt, NaCl, is in the average adult human body?

How much salt, NaCl, is in the average adult human body?

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Anjali Ahuja
askIITians Faculty 240 Points
6 years ago
Hello samrat
The human body contains many salts, of which sodium chloride (also known as common table salt) is the major one, making up around 0.4 % of the body's weight at a concentration pretty well equivalent to that in seawater. So a 50kg person would contain around 200g of sodium chloride - around 40 teaspoons. Since we lose salt whenever we sweat, it has to be continually replaced.

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