Just how much sodium do we need? Not nearly as much as we get each day from our bologna, creamed cheese, canned soups, or fast-food burgers. The “Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake” of sodium for adults has been given as 1100 to 3300 mg.’ Another source tells us that the 10 to 15 grams (which converts to 10,000 to 15,000 191 mg) we get daily from our modern diet “is far greater than is required” You can get more than enough in one trip to your favorite fast-food restaurant. For example, a Burger King Whopper will give you 1000 mg of sodium, and a Big Mac 955 mg. Add 100 mg for twenty French fries and 300 mg for a chocolate shake, and you’re well within the range for the day. Or have half of a 14-inch frozen pizza at 1200 to 1800 mg of sodium, and you have at least as much sodium on the form of salt) as you “need” for the day.
Not only do processed foods pour more sodium chloride into your system than it can effectively handle; they are essentially acid ash-producing. So your body is dealt a double whammy. It’s a good idea to check labels of packaged foods before you buy. The sodium content may astound you. Remember, we were designed to live in this world on the food provided by this world. Sodium chloride is indeed “the salt of the earth.” However, our bodies weren’t designed to use minerals straight out of the ground. When salt-laden canned and processed foods start growing on trees, they may be fit for human consumption.Keep in mind that your body must do something with everything that goes into it. The best course of action may be just getting the substance out of the body as quickly and harmlessly as possible. we eliminate as much sodium chloride from our bodies as we take in each day. A problem arises when your body has to “do something” with it before it is eliminated. Your sodium eliminating system, like your protein system and all other physiological systems, can become overloaded and over-whelmed. When this happens, the natural survival tactic is to dilute the offending material. Your body retains fluid in order to maintain a normal osmotic balance. You may have seen signs of this the morning after having eaten generous quantities of ham or pizza the night before. Depending on age, you may have noticed you were puffy around your eyes, or your fingers were slightly swollen, or your shoes were a little tighter than usual. Large quantities of sodium chloride force your body to retain fluids in order to dilute the unusable inorganic minerals.