There is a believe that a high sodium diet can be detrimental to the human body, which can be true, if we are consuming high quantities of inorganic sodium such as salt.
Table salt is an inorganic sodium element, not an evolved food sodium. Table salt is not compatible with the human body and need get our sodium primarily from vegetable sources. Would we chew on a nail to get our iron?
Sodium in the human body is active in the body fluids, organs, connective tissues; contributes to alkalinity of blood, lymph. Sodium promotes excretion of carbon dioxide, integral to liver function, pancreas, spleen, and stored in stomach wall and bone joints. Sodium can also prevent blood clotting, neutralize acidity, aid digestion and stop fermentation. And finally, sodium purifies blood and lymph, forms saliva, bile and pancreatic juices.
Indications of sodium deficiency can include restlessness, nervousness, poor concentration, depression, tender abdominal muscles, ligament weakness, puffiness in face and body, sore cervical glands, inactive spleen, and digestive difficulties. Menstruation utilizes abundant sodium. Heartburn indicates need for more sodium. Hot, humid weather precipitates sodium salts rapidly, water consumption reduces them.
Food sodium keeps calcium and magnesium in solution in the body and is active in the blood and lymphatic system. The spleen and stomach are sodium organs. Sodium is stored in the stomach wall first then secondly in the joints, therefor if one has joint troubles we will also find stomach troubles.
Younger individuals have more abundant sodium than adults. As we grow older, we tend to require more food sodium in the diet. An imbalance of calcium and sodium can lead to various forms of arthritis.
If sodium is not available in adequate amounts, calcium deposits form in the body. As supply of sodium runs low, eyesight will become weaker. The “unfriendly bacteria ” take over the digestive tract with sodium deficiency.
In cases of excess weight one must reduce sodium intake and fall back on potassium foods and broth. Potassium drains acids, rather than neutralize the acids as sodium does. This is done only for a temporary duration because removal of sodium for an extended period of time would ultimately lead to stomach, joint and over acidic disturbances.
When there is lack of sodium in the stomach there will be a lack of hydrochloric acid, which is essential in the proper utilization of foods. It’s not all what you eat, but the importance in what you can digest that counts!
Best sources of sodium foods include powdered whey, goat milk, veal joint broth and Figs.
Other good sources include: apples; dried apricots; asparagus, barley; beets and greens; red cabbage; carrots; celery; cheeses; chickpeas, dried; coconut; collard; dandelion greens; dates; dulse; egg yolk; figs; goat milk; horseradish; Irish moss; kale; kelp; lentils; raw milk; mustard greens; okra; black olives; parsley; dried peas; dried red hot peppers; prunes; raisins; sesame seeds; spinach; strawberries; sunflower seeds; Swiss chard; turnips; veal joint broth; whey.
For individuals over 50, I highly recommend slow cooking animal joint broth since this type of sodium is more evolved than food sodium. Add some high sodium foods form the above list into your soup broth.
This sodium based broth can do wonders for stomach and joint complaints and possibly even slowly reverse some forms of arthritis!
Be sure to let the bones cook long enough on low heat until the marrow is gone. My only warning is that if you have a dog, they may become disappointed and depressed since you are taking all the best parts!