Monday, May 4, 2009

Sodium: The Youth Element

Sodium works in conjunction with potassium.  Each cell in the body is a miniature sodium potassium pump.  Regular table salt* (sodium chloride) can be injurious to the system when excessively used. Refined sugars, over-salted foods and high fat lead to a possible potassium deficiency.  It is necessary to obtain natural sodium.  

* Table salt is bleached, bromaided (aluminum), iodized (chemically iodized), sodium chloride (body can't separate molecules as they attach to water and store in cells).

Possible Deficiency Signs:
• Nervousness
• Low blood sugar
• Muscle degeneration
• Dizzy, light-headedness
• Vertigo

Signs of Excessive Use:
• Too much table salt
• High blood pressure
• Hypertension
• Nervousness
• Depleted potassium
• Heart disease

Foods High in Sodium:
• Celery (balanced source as the ribs contain sodium and leaves contain potassium)
• Carrots
• Raw, leafy greens
• Beets
• Lemons
• Meat

Herbs High in Sodium:
• Dulse
• Irish Moss
• Kelp
• Rose Hips
• Gotu Kola
• Licorice
• Dandelion

Uses of Sodium in the Body:
• Protects nerves
• Mucous membranes
• Skin
• Balance fluids
• Muscles
• Balances acid/alkaline
• Youth element
• Intracellular fluids

Clinical Uses of Sodium:
• Prevents heat stroke
• Nervousness
• Acid/Alkaline balance


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