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Sodium, Shaking out the truth on salt.

Why the body needs Sodium, how to find the correct source.

Doctors also say that the daily percentage value numbers are particularly important because food label claims can be confusing or misleading. For example, reduced sodium merely means that the food has at least 25 percent less sodium merely means that the food has at least 25 percent less sodium than the regular version. Light in sodium means it has been reduced by at least 50 percent. But, that still doesn't mean that the food is low in total sodium. Even the term " Sodium free" means less than five milligrams of sodium per serving. 

Let us talk about the importance of mineral salts to the healthy functioning of the human body. The electrical effects, which they impart as they pass through the body, enable us to move, work, think and accomplish. Some of these minerals impact the quality of hardness, such as calcium. Others impart the qualities of softness, flexibility and activity and the one mineral most capable of doing this is Sodium. Sodium helps us to have elasticity, limberness, and youthfulness in our tissues. It is necessary to normal chemical balance not only to the walls of the stomach but also to the walls of the intestine. It is necessary to regulation of the fluid content and to normal flora in the intestinal tract, and is necessary to good bowel evacuation. Sodium greatly affects the fluid balance throughout the body.  It is regrettable, therefore, that everyday modern living habits impose such a drain upon our reserves.  

Today's world is electrical lighting so that we are encouraged to work longer. Radios, that cause tension, TV that calls for close concentration and extra eyestrain. Besides all these causes of strain most people are victims of devitalized foods which are acid producing and therefore require alkaline elements to neutralize them. The waste acids produced in the body are irritating to the tissues and so seriously interfere with proper functioning that the digestive juices may no longer have proper consistency, and the acid alkaline balance may be disturbed. 

The alkaline element most heavily drawn upon to neutralize these acids is Sodium. Reserve supplies of sodium are stored in various organs of the body but chiefly in the walls of the stomach. This makes the tissues of the stomach highly alkaline, as they should be to withstand the presence of sodium the stomach walls would be destroyed by the hydrochloric acid produced in these tissues. 

When there is tissue destruction in parts of the walls, we call the resulting sores ulcers. They can when sodium has been drained from the tissues of the stomach to neutralize them. This leaves an acid stomach wall. With this disturbance of balance, the stomach wall cannot properly secrete hydro-choleric acid, so digestion becomes impaired. When we are confronted with lack of sodium in the body, we should replenish the supply by using natural foods that are high in sodium content. 

Raw goat milk is one of the foods highest in sodium and it is easily assimilated. It seems to be very beneficial in cases of stomach ulcer and in rheumatic and arthritic conditions. Another sodium food, which has a great source of Sodium, is whey. This also is a natural food for acidophilus bacteria in the intestine. 

Another excellent source of sodium is plants that are matured in the sunshine are high in Sodium. The acids in green fruits taste sour, but when allowed to mature the sodium content gives them their sweet taste. Citrus fruits, when tree ripened, are high in sodium, but so many of them are picked green and expected to ripen in storage that eating them may cause disturbance especially in a stomach deficient in sodium. Unripe fruit never sets well in the human stomach.  

Cabbage juice and strawberry juice are good sources of sodium, as is the celery stalk. Okra is one of our highest sodium containing foods, is very soothing to the stomach wall, and therefore excellent for cases of ulcer. We should aim to prevent the formation of excess waste acids in the body so that we need not deplete the Organs in which sodium is stored, such as the stomach and joints. We should constantly replenish the supply by eating natural foods that are high in Sodium. We will thus have better digestion, assimilation, and elimination, and prevent disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, and neuralgia. 

The very things we would use in prevention of these symptoms can also be used for their correction. That which will prevent a disease in many cases will cure it. Another piece of advice for those who want to reduce sodium is to eat more potassium. Potassium helps lower blood pressure and can help offset sodium overload. Unless you have kidney disease, experts recommend that you consume 3,500 milligrams of potassium a day.

This article was contributed by Lillian Lucas of the LiveingWell health news letter

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